Emily Ramsey has credited her teammates and supporters for Everton’s bright start to 2023.
The Blues began the new year with back-to-back wins at home over Reading and West Ham.
England Under-23s international Ramsey was kept busy over both encounters, but helped to ensure two victories for the Toffees.
Everton were level on points with last weekend’s opponents prior to kick-off, and the 22-year-old knew the importance of a win for the league standings, but also for the team’s momentum.
“It was a big game for us [against West Ham],” she said. “You could consider it a six-pointer given how close we are with them in the league.
“That little gap we have created is so important and we’re hoping to kick on now.
“We want to make our place known in the standings; it was an important win for us.
“It got a little bit scrappy at the end, just about kept the clean sheet which is great! It’s what we strive for.
“If you keep clean sheets then you can do well in the league so it’s a big positive for us.
“Our momentum currently shows the work that we have put in over the first half of the season.
“The Club has a new manager and it’s all coming together now.
“It’s great that we have been able to take momentum from that.
“The Christmas break could have disrupted that but we’ve come in, got two wins on the bounce and hoping to take that into Birmingham City.”
Up first for the Blues in the FA Cup is Birmingham City, where Ramsey was on loan during the 2021/22 season.
Despite their relegation to the second division, the Everton goalkeeper knows how big a threat her former club can be going forward.
She hopes the support from Evertonians can play a factor in pushing the team over the line today.
“We hear them every minute of the game. Even in the tough moments, they’re behind us,” she added.
“The fact we’re getting results at home shows how important that support is.
“It comes from their support, and we hope they can keep it up.
“I’m really looking forward to the tie.
“It’s the beginning of a cup competition and we want to go on a run and do well.
“Personally, it’ll be nice to see a few familiar faces and I can’t wait for the game to get started.”