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'We're more motivated than ever to improve' - Dykes

Bristol City Women skipper Loren Dykes has urged her side to look forward and not focus past results as the Robins welcome Birmingham City to the West Country this Sunday (3pm).

City Women come into today’s home fixture off the back of a couple of heavy defeats in the last week but Dykes insists that mood in the camp and training standards have been high as her side look to respond.

“Obviously we can’t dwell on it now, Arsenal are a good side as well. They want to win the league, they want to win the Champions League, so we’ve got to expect to come up against really top opposition that are going to be really ruthless if we’re not at our best.

“We weren’t at our best at all, we can’t dwell on it now and we have to move on. There are things this week that we have worked on to rectify it and that’s what were hoping to do, we’re more motivated than ever to make sure that we put in a performance that we can be proud of and get the result.

“We need to look at what we can do now moving forward, obviously there is a massive gap between us and the teams at the top but we know that we need to do much better.

“There are fourteen games to go, we just need a bit of consistency about us, we need to be harder to beat, grind out games and we need to stay in it until the ninetieth minute because you never know what can happen, so if we can get that consistency then we will pick up points and results right the way through the season.

Dykes is in her eleventh season with Bristol City (via JMPUK).

“That feeling of losing sits in your stomach and you can’t wait for the next game to come along straight away, you could see the focus and motivation to improve throughout the week, so we’re using that to our advantage to make sure that we’re ready to go.

“Every point is vital, three points can make a massive difference in terms of your position in the league. They’re [Birmingham] are a good side, they possess the ball really well and they have good rotations in the wide areas and in midfield, but at the same time they’re hard to beat.

“Not too dissimilar to what we want to do as well and the type of team we want to be, so it’s going to be about winning your battles, it’s going to be about making sure you’re better than your opposite number and in your units making sure you’ve got balance and communication.

“We’ve got to make sure that we take our chances at the other end, we had chances against Arsenal and Man City, even in those type of games, so it’s about taking them and making sure we that we stay on top of the game, then when we have momentum, we make it count.”

Bristol City Women take on Birmingham City on Sunday, December 8th (3pm) at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium and supporters can purchase their tickets in advance at a discounted rate. 

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