Simpkins wants to continue feel-good factor

Emily Simpkins is eager to continue the side’s recent upturn in form when they take on Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village this afternoon.

By James Hilsum • 24 November 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Emily Simpkins speaks to the media ahead of Sunday's game.

Albion head into the game on a three-match unbeaten run in all competitions, and Simpkins says that team morale is high heading into today’s game.

She said, “The mood in camp is great at the moment, so we need to embrace that and take those feelings into Sunday.

“There’s so much depth in the squad, and you can see that with how the team has changed and the way in which different players have come in and acquitted themselves well.

“There’s confidence in every player, and Hope has made it clear that everyone will be used. When people are asked to step up, they take responsibility.”


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Simpkins's Man Utd press conference

Simpkins looked in more detail at the Manchester United game in particular, and encouraged her teammates to rise to the challenge against Casey Stoney’s free-scoring side.

“There are no easy games in this league. Manchester United will provide us with a challenge; I know a couple of the players there and they have got quality in the squad. We’re going there to put in a performance and take some points.

“We treat each game wanting to continue with the same momentum, and it’s important that we don’t drop off. It’s a big week for us, and we want to continue this buzz.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Lea Le Garrec celebrates scoring Albion's second goal.

The midfielder reflected on last week’s match against Birmingham City, and was proud to play a role in inspiring the next generation of footballers.

“We have to see ourselves as role models. People around the club brought their grandchildren, in what was their first experience of a women’s game. So in that sense, it was even more important that we put in a good performance, and it was great to meet some of the fans afterwards.

“It is about enjoying the occasion, and what was a big result for us. You could tell how important it was by the way we celebrated afterwards.

“The three points are massive for us, and it’s about not getting carried away because there’s a long way to go. It’s about knowing what we did that day and taking it into Manchester United.”