Gibbons says that the opportunity to defy outsiders’ expectations served as added motivation ahead of the game, and believes there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the remainder of the season.
She said, “We’ve come off the pitch feeling disappointed that we didn’t get three points, which says a lot when you look at the last time we played at home to Chelsea and lost 4-0. To come off the pitch feeling disappointed that we haven’t won shows how far we’ve come.
“We took the game to them and a lot of people had written us off before it had even started, but we proved them wrong and showed that we can compete against those teams.
“We can take a lot of confidence from it. Last season we were near the bottom battling relegation and we know that this season is going to be a lot harder, but we all fight for each other and there’s a lot of hunger and desire in this squad.”
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The full-back praised the performances of home debutants Megan Walsh, Danique Kerkdijk and Matilde Lundorf, commenting on how the trio have complemented the talent already in the squad.
“Danique [Kerkdijk] and Matilde [Lundorf] have come in and offered us some more support. You’ve got to look at Meg Walsh, who’s been brilliant for us in goal and will definitely continue to be a massive player for us going forward.
“The girls that have come in are very good players, they’ve all strengthened us and fit in well with our philosophy at Brighton.
“We all want to learn from each other, but it was a whole team performance and we don’t want to single any one player out. We all dug in and did a good job.”