Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell believes her side had to show their battling qualities in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Yeovil Town.
Albion edged out the Glovers in Crawley to move four points clear from the foot of the table, and Powell hailed a huge victory for her side.
She said, “I thought we were very good in the first half and I’m pleased with the three points. Credit to Yeovil, they made it very difficult for us in the second half and stopped us playing the way we like to play, but it doesn’t matter that we won the game scrappily.
“It’s a massive result, and we knew this would be a close contest. Both teams are in a similar positon, so that gives us a bit of breathing space and hopefully a bit of momentum too.
“We should’ve scored more, but Yeovil made it difficult and they prevented us from playing the way we wanted to play, but our resilience showed today.”
Powell also commented on the collective team effort to grind out a result, and the need to find that clinical edge in front of goal.
“Everyone had to be on it today, it was a fight. I can’t single out any individuals, it was a team effort and we knew it had to be. In the second half they threw a lot of long balls towards us, but thankfully we held on.
“The positive is we’re still creating chances, and we did so against Man City last week despite the heavy defeat. It’s just about having that little bit of extra luck.”