Jodie Brett says Everton Ladies will have to overcome Bristol City’s “togetherness” if they are to return from the Stoke Gifford Stadium with a result on Saturday.
The Blue Girls return to action after a festive break to take on the Vixens, looking to pick up where they left off after collecting two straight WSL 1 wins over Yeovil Town and Sunderland to end 2017.
But Brett, who helped Bristol to promotion from WSL 2 while on loan in 2016 before extending her stay for the 2017 Spring Series, knows Everton will have their work cut out in the West Country (5.30pm kick-off).
“I’m excited to go back to Bristol this weekend,” said the 21-year-old midfielder, who joined Everton last summer from Chelsea. “I have good memories of my time there so I am looking forward to going back and seeing some familiar faces. I can’t thank Bristol enough for what they did for me during my loan spell there. I was there for a year and a half and I loved it.
“They have always had a tight, close-knit squad and that was certainly the case when I was there. They have a great group of girls – they pride themselves on that – and they are really together as a squad.
“Because of that togetherness, they will make it a tough game for us. They dig each other out when they need to and will give their all right until the very end.”
On a personal note, Brett is looking to kick off 2018 in Everton's starting line-up, having been in and out of the side towards the tail end of last year.
However, she did start in the final game of 2017 against Reading in the Continental Cup quarter-final and hopes to help the Toffees carry on their progress this campaign.
“Hopefully I can play on Saturday,” she added. “I always want to get minutes in whatever game it is and put my spin on it. I have been in and out the side at the end of 2017, so hopefully I can find a bit more consistency in my performances.
“As a group, we have shown we are hard to beat. We have used the half of the season to get to know each other but now we are all on the same page. Now is the time to kick on.
“Everybody has the same goal and wants move in the same direction. Previously it was about putting in those foundations, but we have done that and now its time to push on.”