Brighton & Hove Albion defender Fliss Gibbons says that every game between now and the end of the season is a big game for her side.
The Seagulls are nine points clear of the relegation zone ahead of this afternoon’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at The People’s Pension Stadium, although it should noted that all of the five clubs below them in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table have played less games than Albion.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Gibbons said that her side are treating every game like it is a big game despite the club sitting comfortably in mid-table.
“I think that it is another huge fixture,” said Gibbons. “To be honest I think that all of them until the end of the season are big games for us.
“I don’t think we have beaten Spurs in the WSL yet and I know that we were disappointed with our performance in the away game.
“We will definitely look to improve on that. Spurs are one of the teams that we would like to be competing with if we are going to push and be a mid-table side.
“We will be hoping to take all three points but we know it is going to be a test, they are a very good team. We are definitely going to have to be at it like we have been in the last two games.”
Despite being one of Albion’s top performers this season, Gibbons now has strong competition at left-back following the recent arrival of Finnish international Emma Koivisto. The defender believes that it is good to have a high level of competition in all areas of the pitch to keep players on their toes and for consistency.
Gibbons commented by saying “I think we are quite fortunate now that we have two good players in every position.
“We like to take pride in being a team that are hard to beat and to not concede too many goals.
“The clean sheet against West Ham says that but I don’t necessarily think that it is just down to the back-five, it starts at the top of the pitch.
“We’ve got quick aggressive forwards that like to initiate our press and we’ve got midfielders who will run all day for us.
“I don’t think you could single out an area of the pitch that is the strongest, our best performances have come when we have been brilliant all over the pitch.
“As a team, we can’t really afford to carry anyone.”
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm this afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.