Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager James Marrs has stressed the need to bounce back on Sunday when his side face Cardiff City in a top two clash at Culver Road, kick-off 2pm.
The Seagulls suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers last week and Marrs insists that his side are ready to face their title rivals.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m really looking forward to the game and I’m feeling very optimistic. I just want to get back out onto the pitch after what happened last week.
“The players’ reaction in training has been really good. We’ve had a look at where we went wrong and everyone has taken a little bit of responsibility, including myself and Lee [Hayes].
“It’s going to be a very tough test. Cardiff are second in the league and are scoring a lot of goals this year.
“They’re a very good and physical side that has lots of quality. They definitely have a team that could quite easily cope in Women’s Super League 2 [WSL 2].
“That’s the test we’re going to be facing and we have to make sure we’re ready.”
Sunday’s game against Cardiff City kicks-off at 2pm at the Sussex County FA Headquarters, Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9AX. Admission on the gate is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s.
Albion (probable squad): Faye Baker, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Catherine Cooper, Deanna Cooper, Phoebe Leitch, Charlotte Young, Jay Blackie, Kirsty Barton, Lucy Somes, Charley Boswell, Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel, Amy Taylor, Charlotte Gurr, Megan Fox, Emily Baker.
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