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 aiming higher says manager Powell ahead of trip to Aston Villa

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell says that recent results have played a part in lifting her side’s belief and they are now looking up the table rather than down as they prepare for a midweek trip to Aston Villa.

Albion hit some real lows in early 2021 before hitting some record highs, beating champions Chelsea and recording three consecutive top flight wins for the first time in the club’s history.

The Seagulls’ next assignment is a tricky trip to The Banks’s Stadium to face an Aston Villa side who are fighting for their lives. Speaking in Albion’s post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Powell said that recent results have lifted the spirits in the camp and the squad are now looking at how high they can climb in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.

“When you win, you start to gain more belief,” said Powell. “Three consecutive wins and you get more belief and there is a little bit more of the pressure off.

“What we want to do is keep looking up, keep climbing the table and keep doing the basics well.

“Day one again, we want to start again. We want to do well in the game and not relax because we have won three games on the bounce.

“We can’t do that. We want to keep looking up and keep improving, keep getting better and ultimately, try and beat those teams who we are up against whoever they are.”

Brighton & Hove Albion have already achieved their best points return in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League since their top tier license was awarded in 2018 but Powell said that the work is far from done.

She added “I think that while we are moving, everybody else is moving. Everybody strives on being better game-on-game, year-on-year and we are no different.

“We are not there. We are not going to win the league, we are not going to win the Champions League, the ambition is for this club to be a top four club and my ambition is to win the league year-on-year if we can.

“I am not that naive to say that because we are doing relatively well it is all done and dusted. Come the summer, every club will try to bring in better players and you start again.”

Brighton & Hove Albion’s latest Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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