Williams: We can fix defensive issues

Skipper left frustrated after Liverpool snatched a stoppage-time equaliser on Sunday.

By Bruce Talbot • 21 November 2022

By Kyle Hemsley
Victoria Williams does not believe Albion's issue of conceding goals is something they can't solve.

Captain Victoria Williams believes Albion's defensive issues are 'solvable' after they let slip a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 against Liverpool on the Barclays WSL on Sunday.

Albion have picked up four points from two games under acting head coach Amy Merricks, the Liverpool result coming after a 5-4 win over West Ham United a fortnight ago. 

Williams saw Rachel Furness net a stoppage time equaliser for Liverpool and said, "It's disappointing. We controlled the first half and executed what we'd been asked to do, even going a goal down didn't seem to faze us.

"But we stopped doing things that worked well for us in the second half and lost control a bit, and to concede two late goals is the same story as West Ham. Then we were able to see it out so this time it feels like points dropped."

By Kyle Hemsley
Victoria Williams leads the celebrations after Danielle Carter scored from the penalty spot.

Albion have built a reputation for being solid defensively and Williams is confident they can get that back, while also remaining a threat in attack.

"This is my fifth season at the club and it's not the Brighton way to concede seven goals in two games," she added. "I'm really pleased with the way we are in possession and scoring goals, it's a positive which we will hold onto. But we're aware that we need to see games out a little bit better.

"In this League you've got to learn fast. We didn't lose so it's another point on the board and we know that the issues at the back we can solve. It's just small details, it's not a deep-lying issue and we'll work hard to make the game a little bit less end-to-end, although I thought we were really brave offensively which is another positive for us."