Lauren Briggs believes the disappointment of Durham Women’s late draw against Sheffield United can act as fuel to push the side on.
The Wildcats were comfortable for the vast majority of the game after taking the lead through a Beth Hepple penalty, but were pegged back late on by Bex Rayner’s deflected strike.
And while disappointment was the overriding emotion at full-time, Briggs believes the side have to come together and use that emotion to ‘push on’ this week.
“It is a point, but it almost feels like a loss,” she admitted.
“To go for that long in the 90 minutes winning, and to be honest they didn’t really create any chances at all.
“We felt comfortable, we were dealing with the pressure and the long ball, and if there was going to be a goal it was going to be a goal like that – a deflection to go in.
“We had large spells of possession and chances as well.
“We had a handful of chances to convert to goals, but it wasn’t meant to be today.
“We’ve just got to reflect.
“This is the time we have to come together as a team to really push on and look forward to the Blackburn game.”
The 1-1 draw saw full debuts for Naoisha McAloon and Rio Hardy – so what did Briggs make of their performances?
“Naoisha gives us that vocal point at the back. She looked comfortable on the ball, she joined in and she played a high line which is always good.
“Rio is quality. She can hold the ball up well, she’s comfortable having defenders up her back and she was involved in a lot today.”
Next up for the Wildcats is the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup – and Briggs is looking forward to a competitive week of training.
“We have to wipe the slate clean,” she said.
“We’ll all work hard in training because it’s a really competitive environment and everyone is pushing for positions.
“We’ve got to use all that drive and effort now.”
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