SALICKI: ‘It’s a massive opportunity’

Becky Salicki is relishing the chance to show what her and her teammates can do ahead of a tough week of fixtures.

The Wildcats begin the week with a trip to early pace-setters before then facing title favourites Manchester United twice in four days – first away in the Continental Tyres League Cup before then welcoming the Red Devils to New Ferens Park in the league.

And while there is no shying away from the fact it’s a tough week, Salicki sees it as a great opportunity for Durham to make their mark.

Here are her full thoughts ahead of the week:

Salicki on bouncing back from Leicester…

“We were really disappointed last week, and you can see that by the reaction of the players after the game. We know that we didn’t play to our standards.

“We’ve had a positive week in training, everyone’s got together and it’s just business as usual.

“Everyone has been getting on and hopefully we go down to Tottenham with the attitude that we’ve had for the rest of the season and get back to winning ways.”

On having lost just one league game going into December…

“The expectations that we’ve set ourselves have been so high, which is why we were so disappointed with last weekend.

“If someone had said at the beginning of the season that we’d be going into December with only one loss, you would have ripped their hand off for it.

“We have done really well and that’s what we’ve been trying to focus on – not getting too downbeat and feeling sorry for ourselves.

“It’s one defeat. It happens. It’s about the character now and how we turn this around and make sure it doesn’t make our season.”

On facing an in-form Tottenham…

“They’re a very tough team. They’ve had some really good results, the same as us really, and it’s always been an interesting game every time we’ve played them.

“We go there and show respect to them, but not too much respect because at the end of the day we want to win that game.

“We’ll go there all guns firing and do our best to come away with the game.”

On erasing last year’s defeat at Spurs from the memory…

“That last game was…I can’t even describe it, to be honest.

“The first ten minutes wasn’t exactly the greatest start to a game I’ve ever played, but we came back and that’s the kind of attitude we have as a team and individuals.

“We have this never say die attitude and that’s how we’ll approach this game too.

“Yeah, we’re coming off the back of a loss but look at the rest of the season, the positives and the way we’re playing football. 

“We’ve got as much right to be winning that game as Tottenham do.”

On another weekend spent away as a team…

“I’ve heard a lot from other players at different teams saying it’s unfair that we get to stay overnight a lot – which I would argue against in some aspects.

“But it is a great opportunity for us to get together, and I think that’s why we have such a tight-knit team and why we do so well when we go away.

“Everyone is together and on the buses we can have a chat about things, let off steam and get ready for the game we’ll be playing.”

On a week that sees us play Spurs then Manchester United twice…

“It is a massive opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of.

“We do get forgotten about sometimes in different aspects, but this is an opportunity as much as it’s a tough week.

“Yeah, it’s not going to be easy – but we’re ready for it.

“We’ve known it’s been coming and we’ve just got to go into the games ready and knowing what game plan we’re going to use so we can come out with as many points as possible”

On the importance of home support against Manchester United…

“If we can have as many people there as possible, it will boost us so much.

“They had a fantastic crowd down there when we played them and you could hear it constantly.

“If we can get that support for ourselves at New Ferens Park – that’s our ground where we want other teams to fear coming to.”

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