Jodie Brett admitted she would happily play a derby every week if it meant getting on the scoresheet after her first league goal for Everton earned a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.
The midfielder was introduced on 55 minutes with the Blue Girls trailing to Laura Coombs’ strike inside the first 60 seconds of the second half, and was in the right place at the right time to stab home from close range just past the hour.
The goal was Brett’s second of the campaign, having opened her account in the FA Women’s Cup tie at Durham back in March and the 22-year-old was pleased to help her side secure a deserved share of the spoils.
“It wasn’t the greatest performance but to respond like we did in the second half and get a point out of it is good," she said. We had to put in a real team performance in the second half to come back from a goal down so it is a good result for us.
“I think Martin [Ho – assistant manager] will claim the credit for the goal after telling me to stand on the keeper! It was only a tap-in but I was in the right place at the right time and I don’t score often so it was nice.
“Take the fact that it was the derby out of it – it is just nice to score a goal for a change. I’d take a derby every week if it meant getting on the scoresheet!”
The addition of Brett and fellow midfielder Marthe Munsterman added fresh impetus to Everton’s attempts to find a way back into the contest after Coombs’ opener.
And the Toffees could have won it late on when Chloe Kelly steered wide from close range. Nevertheless, the result was a satisfactory one given it brought to an end a run of three straight defeats.
“We obviously changed it early on and you’ve got to give credit to everyone for going on to get a point,” added Brett. “But we have to remember that we want a 90-minute performance not just a 45-minute one.
“The instructions Andy gave me were just to get hold of the ball and go and press. We had nothing to lose at 1-0 down so he wanted us to take the game to Liverpool.
“It’s good to break that run of defeats. We wanted to get some points on the board so we’ll take this result into this week. We have games coming thick and fast now so we want to keep rolling and building our confidence.
“We have another heavy week of work in preparation for Bristol City at the weekend before we face the likes of Yeovil and Birmingham. But, as ever, we will take it game by game and see where that takes us.”