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ASHTON-JONES PLEASED TO BE BACK HOME

15 April 2017

The Albion defender looks ahead to Sunday's FAWSL Spring Series fixture v Watford.


Brighton & Hove Albion defender Vicky Ashton-Jones is relishing a return to Culver Road this Sunday, as the side targets a first FAWSL Spring Series win in the fixture against Watford.

It will be the side's first game since a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa almost a fortnight ago, and the Seagulls defender admits something can be learned from every game.

She said, “I’ve certainly noticed that we haven’t played at home much.

“It will be really good to be back. You take comfort from your home surroundings and having most of the crowd with you.

“It’s another game and another chance to learn, and we are not taking too much [notice] from the results so far.

“We could have performed better, but we can’t get too down and have been taking things from each match back to the training pitch.”

Despite still waiting to pick up their first victory in this Spring Series campaign, Ashton-Jones feels the side has acquitted itself well to date.

“I think I probably expected a bit more of a step-up in standard, but I don’t mean that in a negative way at all.

“We are holding our own and I was expecting it to be a bigger leap, but there is a more consistent level across this league.

“In the WPL Southern Division, there were four or five teams who were better than the others. Now, you couldn’t predict which team will win the league.”

The centre-back insists that securing a first league win is not playing on her team-mates’ minds and she is targeting a defensive shut-out first.

“We won’t look too much at results, but of course it would be nice to get that win.

“The key is to get a clean sheet first and then build on that.”

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