Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Chloe Peplow highlighted the importance of keeping another defensive shut-out in today’s goalless draw with Everton, and feels the team’s performances are continuously getting better.
Peplow believes that Albion showed their defensive resoluteness in a solid display against the Toffees, and feels they are getting used to life at the top level.
She said, “We started brightly with Aileen [Whelan] hitting the bar. We had chances, but unfortunately we didn’t put them away. It didn’t fall for us, but we’ll take a point heading into the international break.
“As the game wore on, we wanted to go on and score. But the priority for us was to keep a clean sheet, try to move ourselves further up the table and make the gap bigger between ourselves and the bottom.
“Each week the team is improving, our performances are getting better and we’re starting to get results. We beat Liverpool and got a point on Sunday, and that’s promising heading into the break.”
The draw ends a hectic run of three games in eight days for the squad, and Peplow reflected on a mixed sequence of results.
“Liverpool was a very big game for us. That put into perspective what we’re capable of doing as a team.
“Going away to Man City and losing 7-1 is tough, but to get to the quarter-finals of the Conti Cup is an achievement in itself and hopefully we can move on from that, and put that result right when we play them next time in the league.”
The 20-year-old now turns her attention to international duty and looked ahead to a four-day training camp with England’s under-21s alongside Albion team-mate Ellie Brazil.
“I’m away with the under-21s at a camp in St George’s Park and it’s preparation for a few tournaments coming up in March and April.
“I am really enjoying it coming off the back of the Under-20 World Cup and they’ve kept most of us together.
“They’re investing a lot into the under-21 age group and it’s exciting to go away with the squad before coming back to the games here at Brighton.”