Elisabeth Terland said Albion’s new-look team gelled nicely in Sunday’s 2-1 Barclays Women’s Super League win over Everton.
Thirteen players left and 11 joined this summer but Melissa Phillips’ side looked like a cohesive unit as Terland’s brace secured all three points at Walton Hall Park.
Sophie Baggaley, Maria Thorisdottir, Vicky Losada, and Pauline Bremer were in the starting line-up and impressed in their Albion debuts, as did fellow summer recruits Tatiana Pinto and Charlie Rule, who both came off the bench.
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Although they haven’t had a great deal of time to work together, striker Terland believes this revamped squad already has a strong bond.
“You can really feel it on and off the pitch and in training,” she said. “When the game started you could feel that we have a really good squad and people who want to work for each other.
“Of course, we will face some challenges along the way but as long as we keep fighting and pushing towards what we want, it will be good.”
Terland, who scored seven goals last season, was thrilled to get off the mark on the opening day of the campaign but felt three points was the most important takeaway.
“It's an amazing feeling. We have been working hard for this and to put out a performance like this as a team is super good,” she added.
“The first one [goal] was a header and the other was Robbo [Katie Robinson] playing a superb pass to me, so it was an easy finish. It is always nice to score but the thing that won the game was the team effort from all the players in our squad. I am really proud of the team.”
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