City Ladies boss says previous results mean nothing as they prepare for Manchester City
Coventry City Ladies boss Chris Holloway has stated that he is not interested in ‘revenge’, as Coventry City Ladies prepare for a tough run of fixtures before the Christmas break.
They host Manchester City in the only FA Women’s Premier League fixture this Sunday, knowing that a victory will put them above the fourth-placed Citizens and potentially take them as high as second in the league.
Manchester City – who have lost just once in the last six matches in all competitions – won the reverse tie earlier in the season thanks to a late header by Amanda Goodwin, but the Sky Blues manager is only focusing on preparing his team for the ‘’tough’’ game at the Bedworth Oval this weekend.
"The fact we have lost to them already doesn’t mean too much, because by 2pm on Sunday afternoon, it’s 11 against 11 and 0-0. You have to respect all opposition and expect a really tough game, but also to make sure that you are up for the challenge first and foremost."
Holloway – who has led the club to two victories in two games since taking charge of first-team managerial duties – added: "I will speak to the staff regarding the previous games, but as I said, it starts at 0-0 and for both clubs there have been a fair few games since we last met."
Coventry’s schedule doesn’t get any easier throughout December, as they take on second-placed Leeds United, before making the journey to the North-East to take on current league and FA Women’s League Cup holders Sunderland, who are currently five points clear at the top of the league.
"This time of year is generally a tough period," Holloway admitted. "We have to remember that these girls have to manage either a full-time job, part-time job or studying, as well as playing which is a massive task in itself. If you add that all up, I feel it takes a certain type of person to cope with the huge amount of pressure that comes with it.
"The games we have over the next few weeks will be the hardest test we will get. They are all really well-run clubs with fantastic players and coaches, so we will have to be at the top of our game to compete."
The FA Women’s Premier League fixture will take place at the Bedworth Oval this Sunday, and will kick off at 2pm.