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Wellings relishing challenge ahead

Bristol City Women forward Charlie Wellings insists her side have learnt their lesson from last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea as they prepare to face Liverpool Women on Sunday.

The New Year saw the Robins kickstart 2020 with a spirited 1-0 away victory over Manchester United at Leigh sports Village and despite a 6-1 loss to Chelsea a week later, Wellings insists City Women are in a good place heading into their clash with Liverpool.

“We know that it is a must win game, so this week we’re putting in all the work this week and taking the stuff we need to learn from the Chelsea game.

“As Tanya said, it was more of a lack in concentration in little bits and that’s where the big teams punish you. We went 1-0 up and we looked comfortable for the first thirty, but a lack of concentration for the last fifteen cost us and we needed up going in 4-1 down. 

“You’re never going to come back from that against a team like Chelsea, but if we take the positives from the first thirty minutes then hopefully a good game and a good start.

“Beating United has put us in a positive place, because no one was expecting us to win that game. Overall that was massive for us, but we’re now looking forward to this weekend.

This afternoon’s fixture against the Merseyside club is the Robins’ first taste of action at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium since early December and Wellings believes the home crowd will give her side an edge as they look to bag a first win at home this campaign.

“It feels like we haven’t been at home in ages. We’ve been away at Man United and away at Chelsea and obviously the Christmas break before that, so it’s been a while since we’ve been back home. Hopefully the home crowd will get behind us and push us on to get that win.

Despite testing times for the Robins with an abundance of injuries the forward insists the group’s togetherness and willingness to fight has never wavered.

“There was never a doubt in the togetherness of the group. It was just the little aspects and details, getting details right, being better on the ball, concentrating in the moments that matter the most.

“Obviously we have been hit by injuries to Abi, Carla and now Georgia, so we have all grouped together and come back stronger.”

Bristol City Women face Liverpool at the  SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium on Sunday, January 19th (3pm).