James Marrs
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PUBLISHED
13:00 12th September 2014
by James Hilsum
It’s not ideal to have five key players out, but I am hoping that those fringe players make the step-up and stake their claims for places in the team."
James Marrs


Brighton & Hove Albion women manager James Marrs says now is the time for his side’s fringe players to stake their claims for a first-team place as they travel to Plymouth on Sunday.Albion have been hit by the absence of five key players ahead of this weekend’s trip to Devon, including Sophie Perry (international duty), Charlotte Young (unavailable), Deanna Cooper (knee), Vicky Ashton-Jones (knee) and Lisa Fulgence (shoulder).
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s not ideal to have five key players out, but I am hoping that those fringe players make the step-up and stake their claims for places in the team.
“Our preparations will be geared towards doing the best we can to compete and we have rectified a few things after last week’s performance against Portsmouth.
“I'm disappointed with the fact that we’re not putting our chances away, but it’s not a quick-fix situation.
“What we can do is get the coaching points across to the girls and hopefully they’ll start putting scoring. I know it’s a confidence thing as well when you’re in front of goal, but we shall what happens at the weekend.
“We’ll be looking for improvements in a number of areas and hopefully that will stand us in good stead come Sunday.”
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The Albion manager also believes that the build-up to Sunday’s game will be a good opportunity for some team bonding, with the squad due to travel down the previous day.“It’s always nice to go away and explore new grounds and for the girls to spend some quality time together.
“We’re going there on the Saturday, so it is a really good opportunity for the girls to be together on the way up and also stay in a hotel overnight, which makes it feel more professional.
“I shall be expecting another tough game as anyone can beat anyone on their day in this league. If you look at their [Plymouth] result last week when they beat Cardiff 2-1, it just proves that there are no weak teams in this league and we’ll be expecting just as tough a test on Sunday as Portsmouth last week.”


UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

Albion v Blackpool

Saturday 20th September
kick-off 3pm



Albion v Cardiff

Tuesday 30th September
kick-off 7.45pm



Albion v Middlesbrough

Saturday 18th October
kick-off 3pm









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