Bremer: Mentality key against Bristol City

Albion return to WSL action on Sunday and striker Pauline Bremer is well aware of the game's importance.

By Bruce Talbot • 20 January 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Pauline Bremer scored his second goal of the season in the FA Cup win over Luton Town last Sunday.

Pauline Bremer is under no illusions about the importance of Albion’s first WSL game of the new year.

They take on bottom of the table Bristol City at the Broadfield Stadium on Sunday looking for a victory which would take them six points clear of their opponents. Albion currently stand in 10th place and will be in search of their first home league game this season.

“It’s a very important game for us,” said Bremer. “I’m expecting it will be a fight from both teams. We’ve looked at some of the games they have played already and I think there will be opportunities for us to score.

“Our mentality will be key. We are really focused on winning this game. Everyone knows how important it will be and we will give 100% and even more, hopefully that will make the difference. It’s about taking good care of the ball, creating chances and being decisive in the final third. Defensively we have to be organised and focused, so we don’t give them any opportunities.


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“We are really looking forward to Sunday. We were happy to be back on the pitch last weekend and we’re excited for our first home game this year.”

Bremer, 27, scored her second goal of the season last Sunday when Albion returned to action after the winter break with a 6-0 victory at Luton Town in the FA Cup.

“It’s been a good first few months for me [since I joined the club last summer], but it was important for me to take a break at Christmas. I went back to Germany to mentally switch off from football, spend time with family and friends and recharge but now we’re ready to go again.

By Paul Hazlewood
Pauline Bremer preparing for Sunday's game against Bristol City.

“We were happy to progress in the FA Cup. I love the competition because it’s do or die and hopefully we can go even further. It was a tough pitch to play on but we adapted quite well, created chances, scored goals and could be pleased with a really professional performance.”

Bremer has called on Albion fans to make plenty of noise on Sunday. “The fans can have a massive influence,” she added. “I hope we get loads of people in the stadium. Our supporters are really important, they keep pushing us and hopefully we can hear them loud.”