Heartland Queens head coach Eucharia Uche has said she has done the needful to expect a good performance from her wards against visitors Bayelsa Queens.

The Owerri side are hosts of the Restoration Girls in Wednesday’s Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) matchday 13 clash at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.

Uche said her side are depleted with key players down with severe injuries heading into a crucial clash against the ambitious side, Bayelsa Queens.

“I do not believe in do-or-die affairs, we have done our homework quite well, we just hope for the best result in the clash against Bayelsa Queens.

“We know that Bayelsa Queens are a well-motivated side, have been around town and looking good to go in the match.

“We have been able to do the needful as far as today (Wednesday) is concerned though we head into the match with key players missing due to injuries.

“We lost our playmaker, Charity Eze, to severe injury in the home loss to neighbours Abia Angels in Owerri.

“In our last game at Akure against Sunshine Queens we lost our central defender, Prisca Okoro, and another key player lost her mother heading into today’s match.

“All these key players will be missing in the clash. We have however worked round the clock to get replacements so we will make do with what is available.

“We have tried to psyche up the players on the importance of today’s game against Bayelsa Queens especially as it concerns whether or not we will beat the drop.

“I believe they know what is at stake. Even in the face of discouragement, they are positive to put in their very best to come up with the good result,” said the former Nigerian striker and Super Falcons coach to supersport.com.

Uche said her side can still beat the drop in their debut, depending on the quick response from the authority on the needs of the players.

“I believe relegation is not the best for a new team like Heartland Queens, relegation is certain to discourage the players as well as kill their morale.

“The players have the willingness and zeal to play the game but cannot be doing so on an empty stomach and we are not talking about one or two months' arrears of salary.

“And as the season is heading to an end without a clearer picture when and where their salaries will be coming from, they are further demoralised.

“I cannot say outright what the end will be like but if the authority moves fast to release the needed funds to motivate the players, they will beat the drop with two matches to end the season,” said the former Bayelsa Queens coach.

Heartland are at the bottom of the seven-team NWPL Group A log on a poor eight points, 14 behind leaders and title holders Rivers United.