Brighton & Hove Albion defender Laura Rafferty is refusing to take anything for granted as Albion host bottom-placed Watford in Sunday’s FA WSL 2 match at Culver Road, kick-off 2pm.
The Hornets are without a win so far in their five FA WSL 2 matches to date, but Rafferty says this will count for nothing come the weekend's game.
She said, “Watford will be a physical test. We beat them in the Spring Series, but I’m sure they’ll be looking to get one back on us.
“It will be an interesting game, it’s at home at Culver Road in our back yard. It will be enjoyable, but a tough test, as all games in this league are. We’ll do our homework and analysis and take it there.
“Even though that is the case, they’re still a tough team and we need to concentrate ourselves to get the job done. We haven’t got the three points yet and it means nothing until you do that.
“It will be good to come against Fran [Kitching], as I know her from our time at Chelsea, but the main thing for me is to get the three points.”
Albion head into the match after a 3-0 defeat away at FA WSL 1 side Bristol City, a result which saw the side knocked out from the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.
Despite the result, Rafferty feels plenty of positives can be taken from the game and the way they competed against top-flight opposition.
“It was one of those games where the result didn’t reflect the performance. We were up against a full-time team, and the girls did very well.
“We played some very good football, we’ll do our analysis and learn from it going into Saturday’s game.
“We were happy with the performance, even though we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
Matters off the pitch were then discussed, as Rafferty spread some festive cheer in the club’s recent visit to Worthing Hospital, alongside Dale Stephens, Markus Suttner, Steve Sidwell, Paul Nevin and Chris Hughton.
“It was a great experience for myself to see the children, and how Chris and the men’s players interacted with them. It was very rewarding and is an experience I’ll treasure forever.
“Brighton is a massive family club and I saw more of that at the hospital; it was amazing.
“I’ve been lucky enough to do a few player appearances with Chris and he’s the most down-to-earth man I know and everywhere I see him, he’s always got time to talk to everyone.
“We were speaking about the Bristol game and our respective results. He says that you have to move on, learn from it and go onto the next game. To hear that from Chris is really nice. I have so much respect for him as a person.”
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