Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell is expecting a reaction from her players this Sunday but she is preparing for a difficult fixture against a Manchester United side who are eyeing third spot.
The Seagulls will be hoping to bounce back after their four-match winning streak was shattered in a ruthless 5-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.
In a pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Powell said that the loss to Everton has not knocked the confidence within the squad.
“The fact that we’ve had a really good run and we’re now sitting in a much better position in the table can only fill us with confidence,” Powell said. “We weren’t quite on it last weekend and I think we lost our way.
“It’s a case of starting again, being ready and concentrating for 90 minutes and that’s what we’re working on for Sunday.”
Powell’s side face a tenacious United team that will undoubtedly be looking to snatch three points as they jostle with Arsenal for a third-place finish. Brighton & Hove Albion are yet to defeat United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Casey Stoney’s side cruised a comfortable 3-0 win over The Seagulls last time the two teams met. Powell was not shy in acknowledging the threat that United pose.
She said “We recognise their talent and capabilities so we’re really going to have to be on it but we’re going to make it as hard as possible for them.
“We know they’re going to come at us, they want the points, they need the points and we’re prepared for that.”
Renowned for turning up against top teams, Brighton & Hove Albion ruffled the feathers of league leaders Chelsea when they beat Emma Hayes’ side 2-1 in February. When asked if she thinks her side have what it takes to beat United, Powell remarked that this season has proved that anyone can beat anyone in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
“We’ve played some of the big teams and came away with really good results,” Powell added. “Every game we play and every day we train, we strive to be better and Sunday will be no different.”
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester United is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.