Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs believes his side are becoming more ruthless in front of goal, as the team prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur at Withdean on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.
The Seagulls have scored 35 goals in a nine-match winning streak and Marrs believes that the extra work on the training pitch is paying off.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “Looking at the stats that we get given, our finishing percentage is a lot higher than what it was at the start of the season. We’ve done a bit of work in regards to finishing and shooting and just keeping some composure in and around the box.
“We were still snatching at a few of our chances last week, but our composure in and around the box is a lot better than what it was which has resulted in a few more goals for us.
“We’re certainly creating more chances in front of goal than we were earlier on in the season, so if the players maintain their composure in front of goal then there is no reason we can’t score at least two or three in every game.”
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Marrs also believes that last week’s 6-2 victory over West Ham will help the squad going into Sunday’s match with Spurs, and has challenged his players to be on the front foot straight from kick-off.
“I half expected a slow start last week and that we would make our way into the game as it progressed, because we hadn’t had a competitive game in four weeks.
“Now we’ve got the cobwebs out of our system, we’ll be expecting to start the game a lot quicker than we did last weekend. I am hoping for a quicker start, but if we can end the game in control like we did last week then I’d be happy with that as well.
“You very rarely have a game where the team dominates for the whole 90 minutes, as the other team usually has a spell, which we’re just hoping that we can restrict them successfully.”
The Seagulls last faced the North Londoners in October, recording a 5-2 win with all seven goals scored in an enthralling second half, but the Albion manager says lessons can still be learned from that game.
“From our experience of playing them last time, I remember how solid they were in the first half and in the first part of the second half as well. We’re expecting a fairly similar game this time round and we’re getting used to these physical challenges and teams not allowing us to have any space to play.
“Winning breeds confidence and I can’t complain too much at the current form, but we need to make sure that we don’t peak too early. We’re hoping that we’re hitting form at the right time and we need to keep it up.”