No Sentiment For Courtney Ahead Of Doncaster Return

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Courtney Sweetman-Kirk insists there will be no room for sentiment as she bids to help Everton pick up their first win of the campaign against former club Doncaster Rovers Belles on Thursday.

The Blue Girls kick off their Continental Cup group campaign when they head to the Keepmoat Stadium to face the WSL 2 high-fliers, kick-off 7.30pm.

Sweetman-Kirk beat the transfer deadline to make the switch from the Belles to Everton last month, and while she will enjoy returning to her former club, the forward intends to leave with all three points.

“It will be great to see my friends there but at the end of the day, I am an Everton player now,” she said. “Once I step onto the pitch, that comes first. There are no friends for 90 minutes. I left Doncaster on good terms and they wished me well, which was nice. After the game, I will certainly have a catch up with everyone but I am there to win.

“We have got to build now and move forward. We can’t look at Doncaster as a WSL 2 team – they are going to give us a really tough test. I obviously know the girls there and I know they will be up for it playing against a bigger club. It won’t be easy.

“It is always nice when there is a quick turnaround to the next game and especially when you lose, like we did on Saturday. We will go into the Doncaster game trying to take the performance we have put in against Manchester City and look to get that first win of the season under our belts.”

Three straight defeats to Liverpool, Birmingham and the Citizens have left the Toffees without a point in WSL 1 so far but performances suggest that will not remain the case for long.

Everton went toe-to-toe with WSL 1 favourites City on Saturday, where they were eventually edged out 3-2 in an absorbing contest at the Select Security Stadium. 

Sweetman-Kirk has called on the Blue Girls to build on the upturn in displays in order to start picking up the wins that their performances have deserved.

“You look at the run we have had – it has been tough,” she added. “But going forward there is a lot to build on. There is a lot of belief in the side among the girls and from the manager. We are in a good place – we’re disappointed to not have points on the board but we are still happy going forward. 

“We have increased our performance from the Birmingham game and not many sides will give City such a good game. We scored twice against them and they aren’t a team that concede many.

“So there are positives to take but we are team of winners. We are disappointed we didn’t come away with something because we could have nicked a draw after that display. But we have to build on that and take it into our next game.” 


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