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‘We’ve got to be brave’ - Oxtoby

City Women boss Tanya Oxtoby insists her side are moving in the right direction despite results not going their way as Bristol City look to build a new brand of football.

The Robins travel to Prenton Park on Sunday to face Vicki Jepson’s Liverpool in round four of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The City boss has been pleased with aspects of her side’s performances and how the group have bought into what the club are looking to do.

“We have a very young squad and a totally different level of resource to Liverpool, so there’s no real pressure on us this week as we travel away to a big club, said Oxtoby.

“We want to win every game and we’re going to do everything we can to come away from Prenton Park with three points, as there have been positive aspects of our previous performances, however we haven’t managed to put a complete 90 minutes together as yet .

“We’re trying to develop a new style of play at the club where we’re asking players to use our principles to make decisions, to be brave on the ball and to control the game through possession, but with that there are risks and sometimes mistakes occur and you’re always going to get that with a young squad.

“We’re trying to develop a new style of play at the club where we’re asking players to use our principles to make decisions, to be brave on the ball and to control the game through possession, but with that there are risks and sometimes mistakes occur and you’re always going to get that with a young squad."

Tanya Oxtoby

“As a group we’ve just got to continue  making positive actions with the ball, but at the same time ensure we are aggressive and ruthless without the ball so we can be proactive when we give it away to regain as quickly as possible. This will continue to allow the progression of the in possession side of our game, and ensure we don’t give the opposition anything cheaply.

“All the players believe in what we’re doing, understand where we’re trying to get to and most importantly they all still moving in the same direction to achieve that, and as a manager I can’t ask for more than that.

“We’ve got to be brave, take calculated risks and use our mistakes as learning opportunities to grow as individuals and as a group. We have spoken at length about the positive things we have done in previous games coming from us making good decisions in and out of possession.

In order to do that we have to make a conscious effort to concentrate, to ensure our decision making in pressure situations is more consistent. If we can do that for 90+ minutes on Sunday, I have no doubt it will be a positive performance from our group”