Everton Ladies captain Dan Turner knows her side will be in for a battle at Yeovil Town on Saturday – but insists the Blue Girls are confident of coming away with their first WSL 1 win of the season.
After a tough run of opening fixtures since their return to the top flight, Everton have lost their four league matches to date.
But that doesn’t tell the full story, with Andy Spence’s side providing strong opposition in slender defeats to the likes of defending champions Manchester City and Birmingham City.
Yeovil themselves are yet to get off the mark this term. And while Turner knows that will make the Somerset side desperate for points, the left-sided player believes the Blue Girls are full of belief going into the content (3pm kick-off).
“We are going there to get our first win in the league,” said the 26-year-old. “Yeovil will make it very tough for us, it’s always tough to go to Huish Park, the fans get on your back and are really behind Yeovil, so it will be very tough.
“They are very physical and they will be looking for their first points of the season, too, but we are going there full of confidence from our performances and will definitely be looking to get our first win in the league.”
The trip to Yeovil comes off the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Continental Cup, a competition which has seen Everton record wins over Doncaster Rovers Belles and Birmingham City so far.
Despite being edged out against top-quality opposition once again, Turner felt there was plenty of positives to take from the performance.
“I don’t think we played as great as we did when we faced City at home but it shows another side of us that we maybe didn’t play our best or as well as we have been, but we still put in a good performance," she said.
“City were probably on the front foot, but we were still in it with 10 minutes to go and pegging them back, so it does show a sign of a good team. I think maybe with it being the third game in a week, there were some tired legs in the end, but we were still in the game and then getting the goal back.
“We thought we could maybe nick a draw and take it to penalties but City are one of the best teams in the country and they showed their class.”