Becky Salicki says that Durham Women’s squad will continue to demand more out of each other – regardless of the result.
The Wildcats suffered a first defeat of the season at the hands of Sheffield United last weekend, but will be looking to bounce back against Charlton Athletic at Maiden Castle on Sunday.
Spirits have remained high despite that defeat, with Salicki admitting the side are keen to ensure that one setback does not derail the season.
“Don’t get me wrong, everyone was absolutely gutted,” she said.
“But I don’t expect anything else because that’s the kind of group that we are.
“We are so close and the spirit is still fantastic in the camp and we’ll continue to push each other on.
“I think the most important thing is that we always demand more out of each other – whether we win, lose or draw we always expect better.”
Charlton will prove a stern test this weekend, with Karen Hills’ side having turned full-time over the summer.
And Salicki is under no illusions as to the task ahead.
“They’re a good team with a really, really good manager.
“We’ve got the upmost respect for them and we know it’s going to be a really tough game, and we’ll prepare the best that we can for it.”
The Wildcats will welcome back their home fans for this weekend’s game and – after a bumper opening day crowd – Salicki says the fans can have a big impact again.
“It was such a big miss last season not to have the fans in the ground. It felt eerie, it just didn’t quite feel the same.
“Against Watford, I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous walking out in front of a crowd!
“Seeing the fans there again was really good.
“The more support the better – and hopefully we’ll put on a good show for everyone.”
Durham v Charlton Athletic
Sunday September 12
Maiden Castle (DH1 3SE)
Tickets available online or on the gate