Mollie Lambert says the best is yet to come from Durham Women – after they registered victory at Crystal Palace.
The midfielder, who joined the Wildcats from Sunderland last summer, netted her first goal of the season at Hayes Lane with a well-taken finish from the edge of the area.
And it proved to be a crucial goal as it wrapped-up victory for Durham after a testing week on the field – which saw the club embark on their two longest trips of the season within seven days.
But while happy with the result at a Palace, Lambert insists that performance levels can still be improved in the weeks to come.
“The best is yet to come,” said the midfielder.
“The first half – yeah we scored, but we still struggled.
“But in the second half we came out and we put them under a lot of pressure.
“Even still, we know our performances aren’t there yet – but come the next few weeks I’m sure our performances will be near where they need to be.”
Lambert’s goal came at a crucial point in the game, with the Wildcats having been on the back foot for much of the opening stages of the game.
But the midfielder’s strike just before the half hour mark helped to turn the tide – and came after some hard work on the training ground in recent weeks.
The 22-year-old has come close to opening her account on several occasions since joining the side, so was pleased to see some extra finishing work pay dividends at Hayes Lane.
“Personally, I’m really happy with myself,” added Lambert.
“I’ve been trying to get on the scoresheet since the first game of the season so I’m really happy, but the three points at the end of the game is what we wanted and came here for.
“Even in training this week, we’ve been doing a lot of shooting and crossing and I’ve been doing well – scoring some in training. But when it’s come to games, it’s just not been there.
“Dan [Brown] laid it off today and I thought ‘I’ve just got one chance’ so I shot and it ended up in the back of the net.”
The final stages of the game saw Durham pinned back in their own half, as Palace pressed forward and looked to make their numerical advantage count after Lauren Briggs was sent-off for a second bookable offence.
But the squad’s attitude once again shone out – with Lambert lifting the lid on exactly how strong the battling spirit within the camp is.
“We’re all for each other and 100 per cent have each other’s back,” she said.
“Every corner, every throw-in, every set piece, we’re cheering each other on. Even everyone on the bench, we’re all for each other and that’s why we’re such a tight-knit team.”