Evans wants Bristol City to bounce back ‘with a bang’ as Robins aim to avenge WSL loss to Aston Villa

Evans wants Bristol City to bounce back ‘with a bang’ as Robins aim to avenge WSL loss to Aston Villa

GEMMA EVANS wants the Robins to ‘redeem’ themselves when they battle Aston Villa for a place in the Conti Cup semi-finals this evening. 

Bristol City’s impressive run in the competition has been in stark contrast to their struggles in the league with the team yet to pick up a win this term. 

This evening Wales centre-back Evans, 24 and her team-mates will take on the Villans at home for the second time this season. 

The last clash between the two sides ended in a crushing 4-0 loss for the Robins who like their rivals are battling to avoid the drop.

Evans told Bristol City’s website: “We’ve all been looking forward to the game. We’ve had a great cup run and we have performed well in all three games in the group.

“It’s a chance for us to redeem ourselves from our previous loss to Villa. 

“We definitely didn’t perform how we wanted to, and it went completely wrong for us, so we have a chance to put things right to a degree.

“It’s been a good build-up to the game. Since we have come back from the break over Christmas, training has been brilliant. 

“It’s been high tempo and positive as we look to start the back end of the season with a bang.

“We have got to be positive; we have got to believe in ourselves and stick together. 

“That should set us on the right path to getting the results that we want and a win will stand us in good stead for the games ahead.

“As a player you want to be in knockout stages and have a shot at winning competitions, because you want to have those milestones in your career.

"We know we’re going to have to be on top of our game to give us the best opportunity to get into the next round."

The league cup quarter-final between Villa and Bristol will be the first competitive game for both teams this year following the axing of FIVE top flight clashes. 

And Villa’s new signing, Japan striker Mana Iwabuchi, 27, is expected to travel with  Gemma Davies’s squad to Twerton Park this evening. 

Davies told The Telegraph: "I expect a tough 90 minutes and we’re going to have to work exceptionally hard. 

“There’s a lot of excitement though, a lot of energy as our first game back, and ultimately it’s a quarter-final of a league competition and for us being a newly promoted side, the opportunity to get into a league semi-final, that’s huge for us."

Source: Read Full Article