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ROE'S SURPRISE BREAKTHROUGH

29 October 2017

Geoff Penn
Beth Roe

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Beth Roe reflected on a whirlwind start to the season, and admits her inclusion in the first team has come as a complete surprise.

The 17-year-old has appeared in all of Albion’s FA WSL 2 games to date and made the right-back position her own, following some impressive pre-season performances.

She said, “I didn’t expect to be anywhere near the first team at all at the start of the season, but when I was given that chance in pre-season, I seized it.

“I thought that now is my chance to keep my foot in the door, but no way did I expect to be playing in all the games so far.

“The standard is so high and to be able to compete with them is amazing. I didn’t expect to be there.

“But for me to be able to hold my own at such a young age is something I never would’ve dreamt of, but to finally be doing it makes you feel good inside.”

The full-back admits she still has to pinch herself at the realisation of playing under Hope Powell, and revealed her strengths as a manager.

“I remember watching Hope when she was England manager and to think I’m now under her management is crazy. It’s something I never would’ve dreamt of.

“She’s an amazing manager and the way she communicates to us on and off the pitch is so simple and to the point.

“She notices all the little things that make a huge difference to us as players, and that allows us to be one step ahead when it comes to the game days.”

Roe looked ahead to Sunday’s match away at Oxford and says the squad will be prepared to continue their solid start to the season.

“It’s going to be a tough game because Oxford are a good side and they’re doing well so far.

“We’ve had a tough week, and the girls are all ready for the game, so we just want to get out there and practice.

“It is a competitive league, but we’ve shown as a group that we’re ready to fight and give it everything we’ve got.”


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