Brighton and Hove Albion Women manager Hope Powell Bristol City Women v Brighton and Hove Albion Women WSL football match, Stoke Gifford Stadium, Bristol, UK - 10 Feb 2019 Photo: Kieran McManus for The FA

Brighton & Hove Albion not getting carried away after back-to-back wins says Powell

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell says that her side are not getting carried away following their recent upturn in form.

The Seagulls have recorded back-to-back Barclays FA Women’s Super League victories over Chelsea and West Ham United ahead of this weekend’s meeting with Spurs. It is the first time in the club’s top flight era that they have managed the feat.

Powell has been speaking to Albion’s official media team ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Rehanne Skinner’s side at The People’s Pension Stadium and she says that her side are not getting carried away with their recent good form and current league position.

“I think that we can’t get carried away,” said Powell. “We’ve played more games than everybody else and there are still points on the board for everybody else.

“The next game is the most important game then the game after that is the most important game.

“The danger is that you can get complacent and you relax and we can’t afford to do that. We can’t afford to believe that we are out of the woods, we are not out of the woods, we’ve played more games than everybody else and other teams could catch us.

“We have to be on it, we have to be really hard to beat and we have to pick up points.

“We want to climb the table, we want to do well, we want to compete and every day has got to be day one.”

Prior to Albion’s historic result against Chelsea, Powell’s side had conceded 10 goals in games against Manchester City and the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s bottom club Bristol City. She went on to highlight the fact that the writing was very much on the wall for herself and the club after those demoralising defeats.

Powell said “You question whether you are doing something wrong, you question your ability for a millisecond because you have to reflect.

“I questioned myself, I questioned the staff, ‘are we something missing here?’.

“I worked out what it was, it was the basics, going back to basics. Do the basics well, be hard to beat, start again and that’s all I did.”

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon with the game being available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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