Björn Eager For More South-Coast Magic

Nathalie Björn is hoping for another memorable trip to the south coast as Everton prepare to face Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.

The Swede scored her first goal in Royal Blue at the Broadfield Stadium last season, curling her effort into the top corner with a first-time finish.

Following on from an international camp where the defender reached half a century of Sweden appearances – and scored when doing so – Björn hopes to add another goal to her game against the Seagulls.

“It’s been good to be back at Finch Farm and see the girls again,” she told evertonfc.com.

“I’m really proud that I have been able to achieve 50 caps for my country. I love playing for Sweden.

“To be able to score a goal – which doesn’t happen too often – was a bonus for what was already a great occasion.

“I remember my first goal for Everton well. It was a shot and not a header which was a bit of a surprise!

“Like I say, I don’t score goals too often, but I remember that goal and I hope I can do the same again on Wednesday.”

The Blues’ midweek opponent are currently bottom of the Women’s Super League as they battle to avoid the drop.

However, a recent success story for Brighton has been their FA Cup run as they were narrowly beaten 3-2 in the semi-finals by Manchester United on Saturday.

With this in mind and the appointment of their new head coach Melissa Phillips, Björn knows no easy task awaits Everton tomorrow night.

“It’s a big game against Brighton,” she continued.

“Every game in this league is so important, you can never count any team out.

“It’ll be a tough game because they have something to fight for. They want to stay in this league, and they have a new coach.

“They have some really good quality players, it’s a team who are hard to play against.

“They played very well against Manchester United.

“It’s a good team that have just been unfortunate with the season so far.

“We need to be ready for a real fight on Wednesday.”

With only six matches remaining in Everton’s season, the defender and her teammates hope they can finish the campaign at the top of their game.

“For us, we need to win every game from now until the end of the season because we want to show what we can do. We want to play the football we know we can play,” Björn added.

“It’s important to take it one game at a time but treat these games as six finals.

“For us, we need to step up our game if we want to take home three really big points.”