Brighton & Hove Albion captain Dani Buet is eager to get back out on the field and show what the team can do, as they prepare to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon, kick-off 1pm.
It has been over a month since Albion were last in FA Women’s Super League action, following a 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town, but Buet insists that they will be fully prepared heading into the encounter.
She said, “It’s hard to build momentum [after such a long break]. We have had a few friendlies in between which has been good and some players have been out on international duty and got minutes.
“After the Yeovil game, we were disappointed that we only picked up a point, which says a lot about how our season has turned out. It would have been nice to have a game soon after that to right some wrongs, so it’s been a frustrating couple of weeks in terms of waiting.
“But we have had good minutes and good training sessions, so it’s not like we have been on holiday!”
During the break, Albion’s top-flight status was confirmed for another year after Yeovil were deducted ten points for going into adminstration, but the midfielder says the squad were only focusing on their own targets.
“We’ve just been keeping our heads down. We know what we want to do and we know what our aims are this season, so we’ve just focussed on that.
“It’s obviously unfortunate for Yeovil, and I’ve been in a team previously where that situation has happened, so I feel a bit sorry for them.
“It’s helped us in the long run, but we can’t dwell on that. We have three massive games that we are focussing on, and three games where we can show who we are and have a strong end to the season.”
Buet then looked ahead to today's match and is hopeful for a big crowd as the teams take to the home of Reading’s men’s team, the Madejski, ahead of playing at the Amex next Sunday against Arsenal.
“Reading are a very good team, I said it the first time we played them. They have experienced international players who can change games, and I’ve played with a few of the girls too, so I know what they are like. They are a decent team and they will give everything they can for that game.
“We know a lot more about them now after the first game we played against them, and we know their strongest players and how to adapt to it.
“It’s at the Madejski as well, so they may see it as a big game, in front of what will hopefully a big crowd. It will be tough but we’ve worked hard in the past few weeks to prepare for the match, so we’ll see what happens. It should be a good game and we are all looking forward to it, especially after a long time out.”