Thursday, August 5, 2021

Oxtoby: “We know what we have to do.”

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Tom Beresford
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Bristol City Women boss, Tanya Oxtoby reveals that her side are revitalised following the festive period and the hard work starts here ahead of Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League clash with Brighton at Twerton Park.

Oxtoby’s side suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United prior to the festive period, but the Bristol City boss is looking forward to returning to competitive action, refreshed and re-energised.

“I think everyone enjoyed their time at home with their families,” Oxtoby told “The girls have come back refreshed and ready to go. Training’s been really good since we’ve returned, it’s been a difficult year for everybody and we’re very aware that we’re lucky to do what we do, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We’re still away from our family and friends as well, so to have that time at home and that headspace to go and switch off, for a day or two is really important and the girls have been great since they’ve come back in.

“The break came at exactly the right time for what we needed, it’s been a tough start to the season for us. After the Brighton game, we’re halfway through, we’re probably a point off where we were last year. We know what we have to do, we know what we’re looking to go and execute at the weekend, it’s just a matter of that consistency and the girls putting right a few wrongs, I suppose.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brighton, Oxtoby admits that he side have been working hard and righting some wrongs and working harder than ever to be ready for the big kick-off.

“Confidence plays a big part in that, we’ve worked really, really hard since we’ve been back in on exactly that, the processes and the principles of our play and being confident, particularly in possession, we need to be better, there’s no doubt about that and that will allow us to be that bit more creative and get ourselves out of our shape more effectively.

“The girls have been really good in training this week, it’ll be a really good test for us, against Brighton on Sunday, because they’re a good side, so it’ll be good to see where we’re at in terms of all the stuff we’ve been working on. If we can execute and be consistent in what we do and be positive on the ball, then we give ourselves every chance, one hundred percent.

“But like any game, when we don’t do that, teams get punished, so we need to make sure our transition moments are good, we need to be better in those areas that we’ve been working really hard on, both when we give the ball away and obviously, when we win it back. From our perspective, it’s a fixture that we’ve had positive results and performances in previously, so that gives us a little bit of confidence similar to the Reading game, so we’ll see what happens, the only thing that we can control is our performance, the way we execute and Brighton are a really good side, so we’re going to have to be on our best form to get the result.”

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