Charley Boswell has urged her Brighton & Hove Albion women team-mates to bounce back from last week’s shock defeat to Queens Park Rangers, ahead of the team’s clash with title rivals Cardiff City today.
The Seagulls were beaten 2-1 by the west Londoners, their first loss of the season, but Boswell insists the whole squad are raring to go for the visit of second-placed Cardiff to Culver Road.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “Sunday’s game is about proving ourselves after coming back from a defeat, but also because it’s against a potential title rival.
“We need to prove that we can compete with any team. We were used to being on a winning run, but we need to show that we can start that run again and Cardiff will be a good test for us.
“Everyone will be up for it, but it doesn’t really matter who the opposition are as all the players are ready for every game.
“It didn’t click for us last week and with Cardiff only a point behind us and in contention for the league, there isn’t a better team that we could face at this moment in time.”
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The Seagulls fared well against the Bluebirds last season, recording a respectable 1-1 draw in South Wales before an emphatic 5-0 win at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. However, the 24-year-old admits those results will count for nothing going into today’s game.
“From what we experienced previously, they’re a strong and physical side that are set up very well.
“Last season we drew with them away and beat them heavily at home, but I don’t think that’s a scoreline we can take any notice of because they’ve come back with a vengeance this season and they want to contend for this title just as much as we do.
“We need to go into the game prepared and focused on ourselves. We don’t need to worry about the opposition.”
The defender is gradually working her way back to top form after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury and now aims to play a key role in the upcoming games.
“For me, the past few weeks have been about trying to get my game fitness back. It’s a completely different environment to just training.
“I’m enjoying it and glad to be back, but there’s still a lot of work I need to do until I’m back to my old self again.
“It’s been great coming back into a winning team because the morale is really high.
“I just need to get back to where I was and reach the standards I had before my injury.”
Sunday’s game at Culver Road kicks off at 2pm. Entry on the gate is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for over-65s and under-18s.
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