Ladies preview: Big squad for busy time

Chelsea Ladies winger Gemma Davison has praised the Blues' strength in depth ahead of our Continental Tyres Cup match at Brighton this evening.

The Blues have netted 19 times in four WSL1 matches this term and are yet to concede a goal, as well as securing Champions League progress at the expense of Bayern Munich.

In our six games in all competitions, 19 players have started, including all three goalkeepers, with only Katie Chapman, Magda Eriksson and Gilly Flaherty named in the starting line-up for every match.

'Look at our bench every week – we've got so many good players,' said the 30-year-old, who has two goals to her name this term. 'It doesn't matter who plays, what matters is that we continue keeping clean sheets and winning matches.

'We've got a lot of games coming up this month and this is where having a great squad comes in.

'We treat every game the same, it doesn't matter who the opposition is, and we just focus on what we've got to do once that first whistle blows.

'We want to win every game, playing the best we can. We're in form, we've got a great squad and there's good morale. Everyone is full of confidence.

'Every day you train with some of the best players in the world; it's an amazing environment, we've got a great bunch of personalities and we're really together as a group.'

The Blues defeated Yeovil in our last game and our opponents tonight also have a recent win over the WSL1's bottom side to their name, having defeated the Glovers 4-2 in their Continental Tyres Cup opener.

However, they were defeated 4-3 by league leaders Millwall in their last WSL2 outing, a result which leaves Hope Powell's team in sixth place out of 10, although they are only three points off the top of the table.

They also have four ex-Blues in their squad: Dani Buet, Jenna Legg, Laura Rafferty and Sophie Perry.

The latter played for Chelsea the last time the two sides met, in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2012, which ended 3-0 to a side then managed by Matt Beard, with all the goals coming in the last 10 minutes.

Perry also came off the bench in the final that year, which we lost to Birmingham City, and the full-back joined Brighton for the following season.

'It’s going to be a difficult game because Chelsea are flying at the moment and have strengthened their team over the summer,' she said.

'There are still a few players I’m friends with that are still there, like Claire Rafferty, Carly Telford and Drew Spence. It will be good to see them again.

'We know that Chelsea have got England senior players and internationals from several other countries in their side, so we’ll head into the game as underdogs, but hopefully we’ll have a big crowd supporting us on the night.'

Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Chelsea Ladies is at 7.45pm and Culver Road, Lancing.