Villa Ladies manager preview: Hunt eager for consistency
Joe Hunt believes it's only a matter of time before Villa Ladies show exactly what they're all about.
Villa Ladies lie second from bottom in the National Division but Hunt isn't concerned as they prepare to face Coventry Ladies away on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
Hunt thinks the team will click very soon after seeing positive things so far this season.
He insists his side need to find consistency and luck as they get set for a meeting with the Sky Blues in Bedworth.
He said: "We want to win, simple as that. We want to make sure we are at it.
"If we play to our strengths and we're at it, we will be fine. We have proven in some games - and in some spells - that we can do that.
"But it's producing that consistently. That's definitely the issue with us at the moment. If we can put a few wins together on the bounce, we will be all good.
"The table, there's nothing in it. I'm not too worried. I don't like being second from bottom but we're in touch with everyone else.
"It's crazy really. There's four points from us to third. We just need a bit of luck too."
Villa Ladies went down 3-1 at home to Coventry Ladies in the League Cup in their last game, after a performance of promise.
Hunt dismissed suggestions revenge is in the air although he did admit his side will be fired up to impress.
He continued: "It's just another league game. But in a way it's nice to have Coventry again because the team was absolutely gutted when they came off.
"We played well and lost. That seems be the story of our season at the moment.
"We play well but we keep losing. It's good to have them so quickly again to put it right."
Hunt believes the presence and personality of Richards and Petrovic are major plus points for the team.
He added: "Jade came back at the weekend and it was great to have her there. She is tall, strong and athletic.
"Pet has tremendous experience. I see her as a female Paul McGrath. She reads the game brilliantly and in those tight areas - the combat zone - she is very, very good.
"They are both leaders too. They get on very well off the field and I think that helps in playing next to each other. They are excellent with communication and they have a great understanding.
"That comes through playing with each other for a long time. They give everything for Villa Ladies. They want to do the very best for the club."
He faces an anxious wait to find out how his six England U19 internationals are following Friday's game with Sweden U19.
Abbeyleigh Stringer, Aoife Mannion, Megan Walsh, Sherry McCue, Maddie Cusack and Katie Wilkinson will all be in the squad for Sunday if fit.
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