Oxtoby: Bristol need to make sure Man Utd win ‘isn’t a one-off’

Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby has confirmed that Bristol City are expecting more incomings after securing Elise Hughes on loan.

Following the Vixens’ fantastic 1-0 victory over Manchester United, Oxtoby said: “We’ve got Chelsea next week so there’s barely any time to scramble back to where we need to be.

“Some of our January transfers won’t be here in time for that game so we just need to refocus and make sure that this isn’t a one-off.”

Sophie Baggaley had an incredible game in goal for Bristol City in Leigh. The English goalkeeper prevented a United equaliser on several occasions.

“She [Baggaley] is one of the ones who really was a little bit down towards the end of last year with some of the scorelines,” said Oxtoby.

“She was fantastic today and she’s been fantastic all week. The break has done her the world of good.

“I’m really pleased for her that she’s got that clean sheet because that’s something that she has been craving for weeks.”

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This was Baggaley’s first clean sheet since the opening day of the season. That one came in a 0-0 draw against Brighton.

Australian manager Tanya Oxtoby is well aware that despite the three points, the Vixens are still in a precarious position in the league.

“We’re under no illusion about where we are in the table,” she commented.

“We’ve been working so hard for a long period of time with no luck in terms of injury and illness.

“You look today and we have one recognised midfielder in the whole squad, we’ve got a centre-half playing in midfield so we are patching things up.”

Oxtoby also confirmed that Charlie Wellings and Georgia Wilson will be assessed this week ahead of Bristol City’s game against Chelsea next Sunday.

A performance to be proud of

Despite the result and the injuries, Oxtoby was extremely happy with what she saw from her City side against United.

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“I thought we earned our luck, there’s no denying that man united had a load of the ball and created loads of chances and we rode our luck times,” the Australian said.

“You create that a little bit yourself in the way you defend and never giving up on things.

“I think the break has done us the world of good there’s been a real shift in the training intensity in the last week.

“They wanted it, they turned up, they’ll feel that they’ve not done themselves justice with some of their performances and they wanted to put that right today.”

Bristol City are now 11th in the Women’s Super League. They travel to Chelsea next Sunday to face one of the front-runners for the league title.