30th Nov, 2021

FOOTBALL - Bradford: Results will come for Coventry United Ladies

JAY Bradford insists it is only a “matter of time” before her Coventry United Ladies side pick up results ahead of a long trip to Lewes on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Red and Greens have slipped to the bottom of the FA Women’s Championship after the latest round of fixtures – following a 1-1 draw with Bristol City on Monday night.

 

Next up for United is a trip to East Sussex to take on Lewes – who are two places above Bradford’s side in the table.

 

And Bradford feels her side need to claim all three points against Lewes this weekend as Coventry look to pick up the results their recent performances have deserved.

 

Bradford said: “Lewes are always organised, it’s a really tough place to go – their fans are pretty ruthless so we’re going to have to be completely ready for whatever they throw at us.

 

“We have to go there with the mentality that we’re not coming home with anything less than three points.

 

“It’s just a matter of time before we start getting those results and putting back-to-back wins together.”

 

Rio Hardy’s goal put United ahead against Bristol before a late equaliser from Abi Harrison rescued a point for the former Women’s Super League side.

 

And Coventry were unlucky not to come away with their first league win of the season after Hardy had a goal disallowed – despite replays suggesting she was onside – much to the annoyance of Bradford.

 

Bradford added: “I thought we were good, we were competitive for 90 minutes which we maybe haven’t been in previous fixtures – we maintained our standards which is what I’ve been asking of the group.

 

“It was a little bit frustrating – I thought we deserved three points but Bristol had chances so in game like that you have to take a point and be comfortable with a point.

 

“It’s very frustrating – I spoke to the linesman and fourth official and asked the question based on the fact that Rio [Hardy] had to roll away from the player.

 

“It is very frustrating when three points on Monday would have absolutely massive and crucial to our season.”

 

Despite propping up the Championship table – Bradford feels her side’s performance on Monday night shows they are more than capable of competing with the division’s best sides.

 

She said: “You don’t want to look at the table and be bottom – we have to control what we can control and ultimately start to win football matches.

 

“We’ve pointed out that we need to better and we need to start winning but we’re all very aware of what this team is capable of.

 

“I think Monday was a real moment of other teams around us saying ‘they are good, they play some really nice football and they are competing extremely well at this level’.”

 

The Red and Greens travel to Lewes on Sunday, November 14 with kick-off at 1:30pm at the Dripping Pan.

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