Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Kirsty Barton says the team will rise to the challenge of facing Manchester City, and highlighted it as one of the stand-out games in the fixture calendar.
Barton also stressed the need for Albion to maintain their focus against a City side that have found their rhythm in recent weeks, after beating West Ham United 7-1 last time out.
She said, “They are one of the biggest teams in the league, and are one of the teams that we’re looking forward to playing most.
“You need to be disciplined against teams like that and you have got to stay switched on for 90 minutes, because they can completely change a game so quickly.
“But we still prepare in the same way no matter which team we play. We don’t go into any game any differently.”
Albion head into the game following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton, and Barton highlighted the significance of the result after a challenging start to the season.
“The result was massive and some of us were saying that it felt like a win, especially after going 3-1 down.
“It was such a good comeback, but the positives are that we could’ve gone on and got the three points.
“It was important to get our first point and goals of the campaign, which will hopefully give us some confidence in front of goal.”
After a difficult start to the campaign, Barton explained there are plenty of reasons for optimism and feels the team’s performances have warranted a higher points return.
“We’ve come away from every game with so many positives to take. We’re new to this league and know that we’ve still got a long way to go.
“We’re developing and learning all the time, and looking back at our results, especially against Birmingham and Bristol, we know that we could’ve got the three points in those games.
“It’s just a matter of picking up that first win now.”