Phillips: Terland's impact is immeasurable

Head coach delighted with record-breaking goalscorer after Albion beat Bristol City.

By Bruce Talbot • 21 January 2024

By Kyle Hemsley
Elisabeth Terland and former Albion player Megan Connolly battle for the ball.

Melissa Phillips was full of praise for Elisabeth Terland after the Albion striker created club history in the 3-2 win over Bristol City.

Terland overtook Aileen Whelan to become our leading goalscorer in WSL history after two goals, including a winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time. She now had 16 league goals for the club, including nine this season. Only Manchester City’s Bunny Shaw and Lauren James, of Chelsea, have scored more in the current campaign. 

Head coach Phillips said, “Her impact on the team is immeasurable. She’s a fantastic professional, she is the hardest working and most competitive player in the squad but she’s also the most humble.


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Phillips on late winner against Bristol City

“The key is her mindset. She is consistently searching for incremental gains in her game. She is not shy of taking opportunities and it’s great to see her impact on the pitch and in training sessions and the way she conducts herself as a professional.”

Albion had twice been pegged back after Terland’s first-half strike and a second goal of the season by Katie Robinson early in the second period, and Phillips felt they deserved to win. They are now eighth in the table. 

“It was a bit more dramatic than we’d have liked at the end," she added. "We were in control and created some really good opportunities particularly early in the game.

“We perhaps didn’t get the ball into wide areas enough until late when we were searching for the winner and unfortunately set-pieces and the timing of them let Bristol back into the game a little bit too easily, which is something we have to be better at. The most important thing is three points which should give us a lot of confidence and there was a lot of quality in our performance.”