Bristol City boss Matt Beard says club will use international break to get 'sharper' in battle for WSL survival

BRISTOL CITY boss Matt Beard has revealed his plans to help Bristol City prepare for their WSL relegation dogfight.

The Robins boss said that his side need a break after an intense few weeks and that they'll use the time to get "sharper and fitter."

Speaking to the club's website, he said: "They need a rest after an intense five weeks so they’ll have a couple of days to switch off.

"We’re in three days next week where we’ll work hard and work on our positional play, our patterns and get us sharper and fitter."

Beard added that he realised that his side need to improve their fitness levels during their 5-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend.

Despite the loss, he said the Robins are fitter than when he first arrived, but use the two weeks to improve.

He continued: "That was the biggest thing for me, seeing their (Chelsea) fitness levels in comparison to ours.

"We’re fitter than when we were when I first started but we can utilise these next two weeks to improve as a team."

The Robins will need all the rest they can get for their battle to stay in the WSL.

They currently sit at the bottom of the table with six points, two behind Beard's former side, West Ham who have a game in hand.

But Beard is confident that he can guide his team to safety and has "identified" what they can do to survive.

Speaking after their Chelsea loss, he said: "I said to the girls we’ve identified where we can win to get us out of where we are so this won’t define where we finish in the table but we didn’t compete at times."

Beard has until early March to work with his team, who face Reading next in the WSL .

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