Brighton and Hove Albion First Team Manager Hope Powell before the kick off at the Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Bristol City Women WSL football match, Crawley Town FC, Crawley, UK - 09 Sep 2018 Photo: Paul Gregory for The FA

‘I just want the players to perform’ Powell looking collectively at Brighton’s home and away form

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell says that she is not taking too much notice at her side’s improved away form this season.

The Seagulls collected just one point on the road last season prior to the early curtailment of the campaign but Albion have taken 12 points away from home this term, a return which includes a victory at Chelsea and draws at Manchester City and Everton.

When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time ahead of her side’s trip to Arsenal this weekend, Powell said that she is looking at her side’s form collectively rather than individually as home and away.

“Do I look at it as home and away performances? To be honest, no – I just look at the performances,” Powell said. “I don’t know whether the fact that there haven’t been any crowds has helped but honestly, I just look at the performance.

“I don’t care if we are home or away, I just want the players to perform. Yes, we travel long distances that takes a bit out of you, when you’re at home you’ve got a little bit more left but I just purely look at the performances.

“I think that when we have done well, whether it’s home or away, it has been because we have played well, people have done their jobs, people have been committed, the attitude and effort has been spot on and the application at times has been really good.

“I expect the same whether you are home or away in my eyes, it’s about performance.”

Albion have conceded four or more goals in each of their five meetings in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with this weekend’s opponents Arsenal and Powell says that the game will provide a good marker of how far her side have come this season.

“It is quite nice to have Arsenal this weekend,” Powell said. “We can just see how far we’ve come. We haven’t performed so well against them in the league in recent games and they’ve been quite dominant.

“They’re a very, very good side, they’re very gifted so we have done a lot of work this week defensively, trying to nullify them and when we get the ball how we are going to exploit them.

“It’s a really exciting fixture for us, it’s a good test.”

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Arsenal is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to watch live on the FA Player.

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