Brighton & Hove Albion defender Fliss Gibbons is eager to stop title-chasing Arsenal in their tracks on Sunday, and rise to the occasion of playing at the Amex.
Gibbons spoke about what will be a proud day for the squad, and says they will head into Sunday’s match against the champions elect with no fear.
She said, “It will be a great occasion, and everybody is really excited about playing at the Amex and getting on the pitch.
“With regard to the game, we’ll treat it in the same way as we would if it was at Crawley. We want to spoil the party as much as we can and put on a good performance. In terms of our preparation, nothing has changed at all.
“We’re under no illusions, Arsenal are a world-class team and they are on the verge on winning the FA WSL title, but we’ve done our homework and been working really hard on the training pitch.
“It will take a lot of togetherness from the squad, which is really good at the moment. The spirit of the camp is very good and ultimately we’ve got nothing to lose as there’s no pressure on us. If we go out and stick to our game plan, then we’ll have a good chance of getting a result.”
The 24-year-old spoke about the strides the side has been since this season’s reverse fixture at Borehamwood where Arsenal won 4-1, and Gibbons is expecting Albion to provide the Gunners with a sterner test this time round.
“Everyone is expecting them to win the game and win the title. We’ve just got to go out there and give it everything.
“We’ve improved a lot since we played them last time; we went 1-0 up against them and then fell apart a bit. We’re a lot more resilient now and improved since then.
“We want to go out there and showcase ourselves in terms of how far we’ve come since the beginning of the season. We just need to play our football and not worry about the occasion in front of a big crowd.”
Despite already achieving the primary objective of securing FA WSL football for another season, Gibbons says everyone in the squad is determined to prove themselves against one of the league’s top sides.
“As a team we just want to improve and push our way up the table. We wanted to stay up this year, we’ve done that and competed with the teams around us in the table.
“We’ve taken points from Birmingham, and although we’ve struggled at times against Chelsea and Man City, we matched them for spells of both games against them. We want to repay the faith that Hope, the coaching staff and the club have in us on Sunday.”
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