Birmingham boss Darren Carter talks Everton fixture

Birmingham City players enter a huddle.
Birmingham City players enter a huddle prior to the Vitality Women's FA Cup Quarter Final match against Chelsea at Kingsmeadow on 20 March 2022. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

After their clash with Manchester City was postponed last week, Birmingham City will be back in action on Friday.

Birmingham welcome Everton at St. Andrew’s Stadium, and both teams will give their everything in the battle for three points.

Before the match, Blues manager Darren Carter discussed the upcoming fixture with the media.

Every point counts

Carter’s side is at a decisive point of the season. Every point is vital for the team to prevent relegation.

“It’s crunch time. It’s now or never,” said the Birmingham boss. “We’ve got to make sure that we don’t have any ‘what ifs.’

“We go into every game and we give everything we possibly can. If that isn’t enough at the end of the day, then we can go away, hold our heads high, and say that we’ve given it everything.”

However, Carter is optimistic that his team has a real chance to stay in the WSL.

“There’s no better feeling than going in and proving people wrong.”

Thoughts on the opponent

Birmingham will try everything they can to live up to those words on Friday. With Everton, they await an unpredictable opponent, who looks back on a troubled season.

Carter shared his thoughts on Everton’s unsteady results: “I think there was probably optimism around them at the start of the season—that they’d have a good year and be pushing towards the top end of the table.”

The Blues manger admitted that football can, however, hold some surprises at times.

“I think everybody has their adversity through the season—if it’s injuries or COVID, lack of form and confidence,” he said when asked about Everton’s run this season.

Preparations

Despite their standing in the WSL table, Birmingham are full of belief that they can turn things around.

“We prepare as diligently as we always do for every opponent,” Carter explained. “We set a game plan according to the opponents and we try to execute it.”

The boss pointed out that his side goes into the game knowing exactly what they need to do.

“We know how we can exploit Everton’s weaknesses and play to our strengths.”

Team news

Despite their confident approach, Carter had to admit that there will still be players missing out on the match. Large parts of the Birmingham squad were hit by COVID, while several injuries have already decimated the team.

“We’re waiting on a couple of players in terms of availability,” explained the manager. “I said it last week, you know, we had needs going into the City game. It was that we were relying heavily on some younger players coming in and stepping up and that’ll be the case again.”

However, Carter remains hopeful and hinted the call-up of some promising academy players. He describes his whole team as an honest group: “They will give you everything and can fight until the very end.”

How to watch

The clash between Birmingham and Everton kicks off at 8:00 p.m. GMT. Fans can stream the game on The FA Player.

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