Andy Spence says Everton Ladies are eager to atone for their first WSL Spring Series loss against Millwall Lionesses when they take on Aston Villa on Sunday.
After two successive wins over Oxford and Sheffield, the Blue Girls were edged out 2-1 in south London in their previous outing.
But Spence has seen plenty in training to see that the defeat hurt the squad, and they are itching to bounce back at the Select Security Stadium against the Villans.
“Training has looked good this week and those that haven’t been away on international duty have been working really hard,” he said. “We feel ready for the game on Sunday.
“We have had a little bit of a gap since our last game. In that time we have had various players away with their international squads and I’m pleased to say those players have come back with a clean bill of health.
“They have given a good account of themselves while away and have brought that confidence with them back into the group.”
Everton face a side unbeaten in their first four Spring Series games, with two wins and a pair of draws.
Villa gave the Toffees plenty of problems in meetings between the sides last season, with the Midlands side knocking them out of the FA Women’s Cup.
Spence predicts another tough battle on Sunday. “They carry a number of threats and some really good technical players,” he added.
“Villa also carry a strong physical presence as well throughout the team. They like to get the ball down and play but will be quite happy to switch it up and play a little more direct and put pressure on us that way.
“Recent results and games have told us that they are really competitive and closely fought encounters. We certainly know we will have to be at our best if we are to get all three points.”