Le Garrec filled with confidence after Albion debut

Lea Le Garrec was pleased with the role she played on her Albion debut against Bristol City, and was happy to take the lead with set pieces throughout the game.

By James Hilsum • 09 September 2019

By Jason Brown
Lea Le Garrec

The French midfielder played just behind the front three at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon, and was delighted to play a key part in everything going forward against the Vixens.

She said, “I felt good, especially in the first half, as I managed to add my technical touch to the team play, which is what Hope [Powell] asked me to do. The target was to get the three points, but it was also Bristol’s target, so getting a point away from home is a good result.

“The coach was happy with that point, even though we could have won the game in the first half with a penalty opportunity. But they could also have scored at the last minute when their shot hit the post, so it could have gone either way.

“I took a few free kicks in pre-season and when we were preparing for the game on Friday, Hope asked me to take all the free-kicks and corners in the game. That gave me a lot of confidence.”

By Jason Brown
Lea Le Garrec

Le Garrec spoke in more detail about how she has adapted to life at the Albion following her summer switch from Guingamp, and praised the ways in which the club looks after all its players.

“It is very different coming from Guingamp, a team that did not have a professional structure in Division 1 Feminine. The club here is very professional and I am at work the whole day from 8am to 4pm. Brighton is a top club, everything is done so that the players have the best-possible preparation for the games.

“We train nearly every day, and in comparison with Guingamp, I was over there training from 10 to 12 before going on to do another job. Here, I am around the training ground and the Amex Stadium the whole day.”

The midfielder highlighted how more French players are being attracted to the fully professional nature of the FA Women’s Super League, and revealed she took some advice from Arsenal shot-stopper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin before making the switch to England.

“The fact that it is a fully professional league is attracting more and more players. Pauline Peyraud-Magnin went to Arsenal last season and she gave me only positive feedback about England.

“The Premier League and Women’s Super League are both exciting for men's and women’s football in this country. You saw that at the Bristol game with the number of people in attendance, and that is brilliant.”

Tickets for next week’s home FA WSL encounter against Chelsea on Sunday 15th September, kick-off 2pm, are also available to buy in advance at a price of £4 for adults and £2 for over-65s and under-18s (including a £1 online booking fee – tickets purchased in person or over the phone have an additional 50p booking fee).

Season tickets for the 2019/20 FA WSL season are also still available, priced at £30 for adults and £10 for over-65s and under-18s.

To get yours, visit tickets.BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com or call the Albion Booking line on 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).

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