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Powell: Brighton women must do better after WSL defeat

CHALLENGING: Hope Powell with her team
(photo: Geoff Penn)

HOPE POWELL has reasoned that her Brighton team “must do better” after their FA Women’s Super League (WSL) defeat to Bristol on September 9.

A spectacular second-half goal by Bristol’s Lucy Graham was enough to see the visitors take all the points at the Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, which will be home for the south coast outfit during the inaugural WSL campaign.

Of the opening day defeat, Powell told the Voice of Sport: “First and foremost the players have to pick themselves up and they have to take ownership of what’s happened today.

“We’ll take what positives we can out of it but we cannot ignore what happened. It’s going to be a tough season for us, we just need to learn very quickly.

“Bristol are a team that’s not too far ahead of us and we are not too far behind them. So this was a game where we hoped that we could pick something up.

“The message has to be: we must do better. We have to take our chances when we get them because there will not be that many in this league and we will face tougher challenges than Bristol.”

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In her programme notes, the highly respected Powell alluded to the fact that her team can have a successful campaign.

When asked what she deemed as success in the 2018-19 season, she added: “Just staying in the division would constitute success.

“Today is a historic one for Brighton Football Club, and all the players have been working so hard in the build-up to our FA WSL season opener. Their attitude and work rate have been fantastic, and I believe we have given ourselves the best possible chance to have a successful season at this level.

“I have mentioned on a number of occasions that we will be making a huge step up, and this has been instilled into the players at every training session throughout the summer.

“All the new players have settled seamlessly, and that is due to their own personalities and the exceptional team spirit we already have within the club. A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to bring them to the club, and it was vitally important to strengthen the squad ahead of what will be a challenging season.”

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