Sarah Wilson believes that Durham Women are in for one of their toughest tests so far when they travel to promotion-chasing Charlton Athletic this weekend.
Second hosts third at VCD Athletic this Sunday (12pm kick-off) with both sides keen to put the pressure on the league leaders Manchester United.
And while the Wildcats’ skipper is under no illusions as to how significant the game could prove come the end of the seasons, and insists that there will be no complacency from her side despite an eye-catching run of form.
Here’s the captain’s full thoughts ahead of the game:
Wilson on the test posed by Charlton…
“It’s going to be a tough game and probably one of the biggest ones so far.
“We’ve had a few big games in the run-up to Christmas and this is proving to be another big one for us.”
Wilson on confidence gained by recent results…
“It’s great to come away with wins from two fixtures like that [Tottenham and Manchester United].
“We’ve had time over Christmas to reflect on what went really well for us and what we need to work on to take into the game.”
Wilson on avoiding complacency…
“That’s not us at all.
“We know that we have to work hard for results and we know that we’ll have to work even harder in the next few games.
“It’s really important for us to pick up three points and that’s what the focus is on.”
Wilson on another long away trip…
“It’s nothing new to us, we’re used to the travel.
“It works to our favour and it’s good to get the girls together, especially after some time apart over Christmas.
“We’ll get everyone together again, get the focus and look towards the Charlton game.”
Wilson on the last meeting with Charlton…
“We did learn a lot about them as a squad.
“We know the threats, we know the experience they have and we know how well they’re doing in the league.
“It’s not going to be an easy test at all.
“We were frustrated to come away with just a point against Charlton last time, and I’m sure they were the same.
“So we can imagine they’re in the same boat, but it’s so important we focus on ourselves and our own game.”
Wilson on the importance of the clash…
“It could be vital.”
“The league is getting exciting now for three or four clubs so they’ll be working just like we are to get the three points.”