Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Chloe Peplow believes that her team have shown progression, despite losing out 3-0 in yesterday’s FA Women’s Super League match against Manchester City.
Albion fell to three first half goals from the league leaders, but fought well in the second half to ensure they did not concede again.
She said, “It was a frustrating start. One of our main aims coming into the match was to not concede early, so it was disappointing for us to give away the penalty.
“Against a team like Manchester City, it’s hard to come back into the match when you go one nil down. I thought we improved in the second half and put in a good performance.”
The England under-21 international pinpointed a change in shape at half time that contributed to the improvement, and reflected on the progress the team have made compared to recent matches against the Citizens.
“At half time we looked at things and changed our shape. We recognised that things weren’t really working for us, and the changes helped us. We had more opportunities going forward and we were a lot more secure in the middle.
"The past two matches against City we have lost 6-0 and 7-1, so from today’s performance we can see that there is progression. Of course we wanted to win the match, but we’ll take this result and our improved performance.
“We know where we are and we know which games are important and where we are going to compete and which matches will be more difficult.
“We’ll move on from this and look forward to our next match in the cup against Manchester United, where we will be back in front of our home crowd, and then away to Bristol City in the league.”
Albion host Manchester United in Sunday’s SSE Women’s FA Cup match and the midfielder was determined to put in a good performance for the supporters in the stadium.
“Manchester United are a quality team and they are more than likely going to be promoted this season, and they have good young talent mixed with senior players.
“It will be another hard game but it adds to the excitement of the cup. The momentum we built up in the second half will help us going into next week, so we can go out there and show what we are capable of.
"We want to put on a show for the fans, hopefully they enjoy it and we'll try to get a result.”
Tickets for Albion’s upcoming SSE Women’s FA Cup match against Manchester United on Sunday 3rd February are available to purchase online at a price of £7 for adults and £3 for under-10s. Visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets to buy yours.