Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first team manager Hope Powell is looking to ‘put things right’ as her team face Bristol City in the FA Women’s Super League this afternoon.
Albion were knocked out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup by Manchester United last weekend, but Powell insists her side will move on from the disappointment.
She said, “We didn’t perform well and we weren’t at our best, but credit must go to Man United. They are a young side who did well in terms of retaining the ball and scoring the two goals.
“We were disappointed when we didn’t score the penalty but we’ll move on from that for the big game this weekend.
“The players realise what’s at stake and how big of a game it is, we were unlucky against them at home, so we will look to put that right and look to get something out of the match.”
Powell also took the time to praise experienced defender Fern Whelan, who has returned to the side in recent weeks following injury, as well as Republic of Ireland international Megan Connolly who made her debut against the Red Devils.
“Fern is a natural defender, who is good in one-v-one situations and brings a lot of confidence to the team. For her personally, she’s delighted to be back and the squad are too. She’s had some terrible time with injuries, so it’s just nice to see her back on the grass.
“Megan has showed a little bit of what she’s got and there is more to come from her. She enjoyed the game, she just needs to now gain an understanding of the way we play,the strengths of our team and the players she is playing with. Hopefully she will settle in really quickly.”
Today the Seagulls take on Bristol City after losing 1-0 to the Robins on the opening FA WSL match of the season. Powell says the squad have now adjusted to the demands of the professional league since that game, and expects another close match.
“We’ve now got to grips with the demands of the league and we knew it was going to be tough. We had a sharp shock, when you’ve come up into a higher division you realise what it is all about and now we understand what it takes to compete in this league and the pace that it is played at.
“For us it’s trying to find the consistency to cope in this league. We’ve moved on from our first match of the season, but Bristol have also moved on, so we are in no doubt it will be a tough fixture.
“I imagine it is going to be a closely-fought contest. I’m hoping it will be a good game, and the points come out in our favour.”