Villa Ladies preview: Hunt says team well up for Baggies clash
Joe Hunt says Villa Ladies are eager to get back into the groove as they face West Brom Ladies on Sunday.
Villa Ladies have had two weekends off due to the weather - and Hunt admits they don't want it to be a hat-trick as the Baggies come to town.
Hunt has been pleased with training this week as they mixed up their sessions, with some boxing work thrown in to get their levels of fitness right up to speed ahead of the derby encounter.
He said: "We have had a good week in training.
"On Tuesday they had a hard boxing fitness session which they all worked extremely well in. Thursday we got the footballs out and revisited the work we'd done over the last couple of months.
"The tempo was fantastic so I think they are itching to get the game on. Missing two weeks on the bounce is not good. This time of year is a nightmare for us as we lose so many games due to pitch issues. Hopefully it will be on this Sunday.
"We have done well in the League Cup so far, two good away wins and even though we lost to Coventry at home it was due to a crazy 20 minutes. We controlled the rest of the game!
"A positive result will see us into the quarter-finals of the competition.
"Albion will be a good test for the girls. It will be our first derby of the season. We'll have to be on top of our game to get a result.
"The coaching staff have done a great job with Albion this season. They will be well organised and a big threat."
Hunt picked out skipper Dani Petrovic for special praise this week on the eve of the game, insisting that his captain has really led by example these past few weeks.
He continued: "Dani is in fine form, doing everything required as a player and as a captain.
"With Dani stepping up her game she has dragged people along with her."
Leading scorer Katie Wilkinson [ankle] is injured for this game but Hunt says the challenge is for someone else to step up in her place.
He added: "Katie will be missing this week with an ankle injury, which is a blow but it opens the door for someone else.
"Carly and Gibbo have been training hard so I have options, along with Livy who has proved she can drift in off the wing and play through the middle.
"Her movement is unbelievable for a 17-year-old. She is always thinking about her game and what is required."
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