Chelsea FC Women tunr our attentions to the Women’s Super League this afternoon with a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion and Sophie Ingle says the Blues are ready to face a team that she believes will be well-organised defensively.
Ingle played the full 90 minutes of our 5-0 away victory over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday before the focus switched immediately to today’s game against Hope Powell’s Brighton side.The Blues head into the fixture in terrific form but Ingle is expecting the Seagulls to be difficult to break down and says patience will be the key in getting a victory this afternoon.‘I’m expecting them to be organised defensively,’ she said. ‘I think they are always quite hard to break down and beat and you can tell that Hope [Powell] gets her players working on their defensive game a lot.‘This year though they have added some players to their squad to strengthen it so I think they’ll be a lot better going forward so we will make sure we are ready for that.‘You want to get an early goal but sometimes that isn’t always the case. Sometimes when you play teams like Brighton, you do have a lot of the ball so there’s more pressure on you to score quite early on, but we will make sure we will be patient as a team collectively.’
On our last trip to Brighton, it looked as though the hosts would take all three points when Aileen Whelan opened the scoring with less than 10 minutes remaining. Chelsea, however, managed to take a share of the spoils as Adelina Engman netted an equaliser in stoppage time and Ingle highlighted the importance of us coming away with all three points this time around.‘I think most of the girls will forget about that game because we are into a new season now but we know that game was tough for us.‘It’s hard to go away from home, especially against a team that is organised defensively but that will only give us fuel to hopefully put it right and get three points this time.‘It’s really important we keeping winning, every game matters and we have to take every game as it comes. We’ve also got a game in hand so it’s even more important that we get the result on Sunday.‘The league has become more competitive and every game is a cup final now because there are no easy games in this league anymore which is great for the Women’s Super League.’
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