Defender Gabby George believes a win in Sunday's Women’s FA Cup would help generate a boost of confidence and momentum for Everton heading into the second half of the season.
The Blues travel to face FA Women's National League North side Huddersfield Town in the fourth round of competition at John Smith's Stadium (1pm GMT).
While Everton compete two divisions higher than Sunday’s hosts, George knows the Blues will have to be at the top of their game to avoid a cup upset.
“I think Huddersfield are a good team that have been doing well in their respective league,” she told evertonfc.com.
“Sunday’s game presents us with a new challenge to several we have experienced this season.
“They’ll want to come out and prove a point against top-flight opposition, so we are taking our preparation seriously and not taking our opponents for granted.
“They’ll be on their best game, so we have to be at our best if we want to progress into the next round.
“I believe any win will boost your confidence and will help us push on.
“We haven’t had the results that we have wanted this season, but this is a good opportunity for us to get a win and progress in the cup.”
The 24-year-old defender has been involved in an Everton side that has reached the FA Cup final twice during her spell with the Club.
George hopes that if the Blues are to reach Wembley again this season, the final whistle this time around can bring a trophy lift that she is eager to be a part of.
“If we do get to the final this season, I just hope it’s third time lucky!” she added.
“We were a young team in those two previous finals, and we learnt a lot from those defeats.
“I think we have a progressed a lot since then, we just have to keep pushing, get results and take it game by game.
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“The FA Cup is a competition that we all love and one we all hold close to our hearts.
“We have done well in the competition in the past. In my first season with the Club we got to the final and a couple of years ago we were in the final again.
“It’s a competition that we want to try and push on as well as we can in.”
George added that the shorter journey to Huddersfield compared to other away grounds this season could hopefully bring a travelling support to The John Smith’s Stadium to cheer on Everton.
“Huddersfield isn’t too far for us to travel so hopefully we’ll have some Evertonians travelling up to support us," she added.
“With the game being at the men’s ground, it gives us a good facility to play at our best.
“It will be a good pitch so hopefully we can play some good football and have those supporters cheer us on.”
Everton competed in their first match of the year last weekend, having been defeated by West Ham United.
However, George insists the squad are sticking together to ensure the hard work on the training ground is rewarded with positive results on the field.
“We’ve got a good group and we know we can turn to each other for support," she said.
“When you go through difficult periods it shows how strong your squad is when you can stick together.
“We have to continue like that and hopefully our luck will turn in the coming games.”