Brighton & Hove Albion women captain Jay Blackie is urging her team-mates to rectify what went wrong, as they prepare to face West Ham United for the second time in three weeks at Culver Road today.
The two sides drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago as Albion went on a run of three games without a win, a sequence which ended last week with a 2-1 victory at league leaders Cardiff City.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s going to be another tough game; we played them two weeks ago and the result wasn’t what we wanted, so it’s fresh in our minds.
“We are determined to do something about it and hopefully get a much better result this time.
“The win against Cardiff makes the other results against some of the lower sides even more frustrating, because that win could’ve taken us out of reach at the top of the table.
“But it’s all to play for again and we’ve still got some of the big teams to play. It’s going to go right down to the wire and we need to win as many games as we can, week in week out.”
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Despite the recent encounter between the clubs, Blackie admits West Ham still pose a rather unfamiliar test with their recent high turnover of players.
“They’re an unknown side really with a number of new players at the club.
“They tactically changed the way they played against us, so we have to find different ways to combat that.
“After their 2-2 draw against us, they’ll take confidence from that and will be stronger this week. It’s still going to be a tough game, but hopefully we can rectify what happened and come away with three points.”
The midfielder believes Albion still lack a cutting edge in the final third despite netting an impressive 31 goals in 13 games and highlighted this as a key area for improvement.
“We still need to be more clinical. Even in the win against Cardiff, we should’ve scored at least four or five and we’ve only put in two.
“We’re not converting as many chances as we should, especially with the number of opportunities that we’re creating.
“We will come away with what we deserve if we cut out our defensive mistakes and become more clinical upfront."
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