Thursday 12 October 2017

Nuttall: "We know that we are better"

Captain previews first Continental Tyres group match against Millwall Lionesses...

Millwall Lionesses are the visitors to Kings Langley this evening (October 12) in the Continental Tyres group stages. Captain Anneka Nuttall knows the squad can do more, and believes it is only a matter of time before results take a turn for the better.

The Hornets faced the Lionesses on the opening day of the season, where they fell to a frustrating defeat despite having taken an early lead thanks to Simona Petkova. Millwall are in fine-form however and sit top of the WSL 2 table after three matches.

"We know that we are better than the results that are coming our way, and what the league table is saying," she told, ahead of the match.

"The players know that if we keep playing our football, the results will change and we will get back on track. The targets have stayed the same, they have to stay the same to keep consistency. We still remain focused on what we have to do as a team, and the bad start to the season won’t change how we set our targets.

"We will play the football we know we can. If there is any kind of changes, it will come from the management whether that’s team or formation. As for the players, we will play the same way and play the football we know we can play well."

The Conti Cup takes a group format this season, and the Hornets have a great opportunity to put the opening day defeat to Millwall to bed, with a better performance tonight. The Captain admits it's a competition the Hornets want to do well in, and that the type of performances of late can't continue.

"It’s definitely a competition that we want to compete in, but this fixture in particular is more about rectifying what went wrong in the last loss (against Millwall) and to gain back some of our pride," she admitted.

"That opening day loss makes this game a must win fixture. As I said, we’re looking to get back some of the pride we lost in the last game, and that edge, and that need to gain pride back means we need to put in a top performance.

"A win tonight will go a long way for our confidence. Gaining back pride in this way will boost our squad, and even though the fixture is a Continental Cup match, we feel that we can definitely improve and get some good run of form going."

Tickets are available on the gate for this evening's match, with Watford and Kings Langley season card holders receiving a 50% discount on entry.