We were held to a 0-0 draw with Brighton in the FA Continental League Cup on Sunday, with the hosts taking home an extra point after a 4-2 win on penalties.
We dominated possession from the off and created a number of half-chances, but it was the hosts who carved opened the first clear-cut opportunity, when Ellie Brazil latched on to a hopeful long ball and fired wide from inside the area.
This proved to be the wake-up call we needed, as we kicked things up a notch and placed the Seagulls under serious pressure. First, Katie McCabe headed wide from inside the six-yard area, before Kim Little fired over on the volley, and Beth Mead brushed the side netting on a one on one.
Jill Roord, operating as a makeshift No 9, then looked set to open the scoring after rounding Sophie Harris, but she was denied by an incredible last-ditch clearance on the stroke of half-time.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk and Lisa Evans were all introduced off the bench for one last roll of the dice, but the Seagulls kept us at bay and ensured the extra point would be settled over penalties.
Both sides missed with their first attempt, before Kayleigh Green and McCabe converted. Maya Le Tissier then fired the hosts into the lead, but Mead was unable to draw us level, firing well over the bar.
Van de Donk kept the tie alive after Dani Bowman converted, but Lea Le Garrec made no mistake with Brighton’s fifth, forcing us to leave the People’s Pension Stadium with a single point for our efforts.
WHAT IT MEANS
Following the international break, we’re set to play the first-ever north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The game will take place on Sunday, November 17, with kick-off at 3pm (UK time).
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