Hope Powell manager of Brighton and Hove Women Brighton and Hove Albion Women vs Birmingham City Women, WSL football match, Amex Stadium, Brighton, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

“We’re not here to make up the numbers” says Brighton & Hove Albion boss Powell

It was probably the first real upset of the season thus far. Brighton & Hove Albion, a side who finished in ninth place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League last season, shut out last year’s runners-up Manchester City for the first time at home since 2018.

It was far from easy for the Sussex side, they were required to dig deep to overcome the waves of Manchester City attacks.

When speaking in the post-match press conference, with FA Women’s Super League Full-Time in attendance, Albion boss Hope Powell was quick to point out that it was a group effort from her side. “I think everybody played a part today” she said. “It was real team effort, those that started, those that finished, certainly some in the stands with injures, everybody contributed to the success.”

It wasn’t just in the 90 minutes that this triumph was achieved with Powell adding “Over the summer we worked really, really hard in terms of being a little bit more resilient in our structure, in our game plan.

“I think today in particular, we were very very organised, we worked to try and stifle their play, I think we did that well at times.

“It’s not about playing the name, it’s about playing in the moment, playing the game as it stands in the here and now.

“We really tried to focus on that today, focus a little bit more on ourselves and our strengths.”

Some have tipped Brighton & Hove Albion to be one of the sides who may find the going tough this season but manager Powell stressed that her side are in the top flight to compete.

“We’re not here to make up the numbers” Powell stated. “We’ve got to start competing and be ambitious in how we set our stall out.”

Brighton & Hove Albion have claimed four points from their opening two matches in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and they will have their sights on a Women’s FA Cup semi-final appearance next by defeating Birmingham City in their quarter-final tie later this month.

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