WILSON: “Every game is a challenge”

Sarah Wilson is adamant that Manchester United will be given no special treatment by the Wildcats as the pair prepare to lock horns this weekend.

The Durham skipper knows that the Red Devils will be a challenge, but feels that every team in the FA Women’s Championship pose a difficult test.

Wilson, while disappointed with a 2-2 draw with Charlton in the Wildcats’ last outing, is hoping that the point can built on when the side travel to Leigh this weekend.

“It is definitely frustrating to come away with just a point having had the lead for so long and having had a lot of possession,” she admitted.

“Credit to Charlton for throwing everything at us and we had to defend for our lives to try to hold on to that lead.

“We were frustrated to just get a draw rather than the three points but we’ll take that point and build on it.

“We have positives to build on. 

“We’ve been very clinical so far this season against Everton, Sheffield and Liverpool and we’ve scored two cracking goals again here today by Beth Hepple and Emily Roberts.”

Wilson was also keen to praise summer signing Hannah Reid, who made a string of fine saves to deny the Addicks all three points.

“They did equalise and then there was a cracking save at the end from Hannah from a great hit,” the centre back added.

“It was a heart-testing moment with the ball heading towards the top corner, but we’re very confident in Hannah’s ability, she has been a great addition to the squad this year.”

This Sunday’s visit to Manchester United has been highly-anticipated, with the Red Devils having signed a number of high-profile players on full-time contracts.

But Durham won’t be giving Casey Stoney’s side any special treatment, with Wilson insisting it will be business as usual in the build-up to the game.

“I’m not concerned [about what Manchester United have done in the summer] and we’re just looking forward to what should be a good game,” she said.

“We’re fully confident with our squad’s ability, we’re not worried about them at all.

“Every game we go into in the Championship is a challenge.

“There has been a lot of hype in and around Manchester United but it’s great to see another women’s side in the league and with the support of the men’s team as well, which does make a huge difference.

“But we are looking forward to the game, it’s great to play against some of the top players.”

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