Blackburn Rovers boss Gemma Donnelly is confident that her side are capable of causing an upset when they travel to Prenton Park to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Rovers haven’t won since the end of November while Sunday’s opponents Liverpool have been victorious in each of their last three matches in the FA Women’s Championship.
Speaking in Rovers’ pre-match press conference, Donnelly revealed to FAWSL Full-Time that despite Liverpool being labelled as favourites, her side are well-prepared for the challenge.
She said “We’re away from home against a team that’s picked up some form, so we’re the underdogs but that’s okay. My expectations are always that we don’t just turn up to play but we turn up to win, and that will be our mentality on Sunday.
“The team as a whole in Liverpool have their strengths but they also have their weaknesses, otherwise they would be in the league above. We will play our game, nullify their threats and make sure we capitalise on these weaknesses.”
Donnelly was also honest about her side’s recent lack of form, as the Lancashire club continue to be without a win in 2021.
“When we returned after Christmas, a lot of the girls had COVID and then it was a staggered restart,” she added. “That has really affected the stability of the team and for that reason, we’ve struggled to find consistency with our performances.”
Donnelly is now hoping that Rovers once again find the form that they showed before the Christmas break, where at one stage they went six games unbeaten. During that spell, Rovers held Liverpool to a goalless draw at The Sir Tom Finney Stadium and Donnelly believes that her side could’ve come away with all three points that day.
“It was a tough game last time, but we could’ve got the win,” Donnelly said. “We had a goal disallowed and had the referee played advantage, we could’ve picked up three points – there were lots of different variables.”
Away from Sunday’s game, Donnelly also expressed how pleased she is with the ‘landmark’ broadcast deal which will see Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures broadcast on both Sky Sports and the BBC next season, while a revenue stream will filter down to clubs in the FA Women’s Championship.
She said “It’s massive that the game is getting more coverage. You have to see it to be it, so now having all these role models that will be more accessible to view, it’s a huge bonus for aspiring players.”
Blackburn Rovers’ FA Women’s Championship fixture at Liverpool will kick-off at 6.30pm on Sunday and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.
Article author: Sean Byrne