Mollie Green has spoken of her desire for a strong finish to this campaign following her two goals in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Yeovil, insisting positive results can be taken into pre-season and the start of 2018/19.
The double was Green’s first two goals in WSL 1 but the homegrown midfielder says the Blue Girls are already focused on the next challenge, which comes in the form of Birmingham City on Sunday (2pm kick-off), in what will be the Toffees’ final home game of the season at the Marine Travel Arena.
“We have all recovered well and ready to give another performance in,” she said. “We did well against Yeovil to get the three points and are looking to do the same this Sunday.
“Finishing the season well definitely has an impact, as how you end the season dictates how you start the next. We don’t want to end sluggishly, we want to end on a high and end with as many points as we can and hopefully can take that momentum into pre-season and next season as well.
“I have been chasing my first WSL 1 goal for a very long time, I got one earlier in the season in the cup, but I have been chasing this goal. Before the game a few of the girls had said, ‘I think this is the day for you’ and I am absolutely buzzing to get my first goal for Everton in this league.
“Birmingham will be tough and are in a good run of form. Last time we played them the girls put a really good shift in and we are looking to do the same again and end our last home game on a high.”
Green was honest in her assessment of the past few weeks of the Blue Girls’ season. Last Sunday, Everton went down 2-1 to Bristol City after a last-minute Julie Biesemans goal, with Green admitting the team were desperate for a victory following that disappointing defeat.
“We re-grouped after the Bristol game and sat down and had a few honest conversations,” she told evertonfc.com. “We wanted to go out there and play with a smile and with the football we played, I think it was evident we enjoyed the game.
“I spoke with people close to me and they said hard work and graft will help you. It has been frustrating at times this season but I knew when my chance came I had to grab it by the scruff of the neck.
“On Wednesday, the team really needed a win with the defeat against Bristol before and the girls carried out the game plan perfectly, creating a lot of chances and I think we could have scored more.”
Everton kick off their final home game of the season against Birmingham at 2pm tomorrow at the Marine Travel Arena in Crosby.