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BAKER: LESSONS HAVE BEEN LEARNED

27 May 2016

Albion's shot-stopper has learned a lot from the previous game between the sides.


Brighton & Hove Albion women goalkeeper Faye Baker says lessons have been learned going into the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-Off Final with Sporting Club Albion this Sunday.

Baker reflected on the 4-3 defeat to the Baggies in an SSE Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie back in March and feels the team will be better prepared this time.

The Seagulls conceded three goals in the opening 17 minutes, but managed to claw the scoreline back to 3-3 before Sporting netted the fourth decisive goal in the 83rd minute.

She told seagulls.co.uk: “I think we have a great squad and we have got a great chance. We were disappointed on the day, but we didn’t set up how we normally do and we had quite a few players missing.

“I don’t think they know the real deal about us. We had a lot of possession, missed chances and they were 3-0 up in the first 15 minutes.”

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The Black Country side secured their place in the Play-Off Final as recently as 15th May, following a 4-1 victory over Bradford City.

Meanwhile, Baker and her teammates secured the Southern Division title more than a month earlier on 10th April, and the shot-stopper says it remains to be seen whether it turns out to be an advantage or disadvantage.

“They had their last game just two weeks before the final, but that could work one of two ways. They might be slightly tired and not had a chance to focus on this game yet.

“Or it could work in their favour as they are in the swing of playing games.

“We haven’t had a game for six or seven weeks, but it comes down to who wants it the most and who is best prepared.

“In the last couple of weeks we have worked more on positional play and phases of play. We have had a couple of in-house friendlies to get our match fitness up.

“We have been training non-stop and it’s all systems go.”

The game takes place at Adams Park on Sunday 29th May, kick-off 2pm. Tickets for the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-off Final will be available on the day and cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions (OAPs and under-16s), £1 for under-10s and free for under-3s.


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