Nigeria and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Ini Umotong has praised the effort of the whole squad after her goal contributed to a 2-0 FA Women’s Super League victory over Liverpool.
The Nigeria international was happy that the team executed their game plan, and believes it will give the squad a huge amount of belief heading into 2019.
Umotong scored one goal and created the other as Brighton registered only their second league win of the season with the victory at Liverpool.
“We knew it was going to be an important game. Liverpool were a few places ahead of us and the pressure was on us, but we executed the game plan well,” Umotong told Brighton & Hove Albion’s official website.
“We kept a clean sheet, scored two goals and I thought the performance from all of the girls was really good, and it’s a great way to start 2019.”
“As an individual and as a team, the performance has shown that when we work well together, we can achieve a lot as a group.”
“The whole squad has had a massive confidence boost and personally for me scoring that goal will just raise my confidence more.”
“I thought it [her shot before the first goal] went in! I might have been a bit blind but I thought it may have crossed the line.”
“As soon as I hit it I thought about celebrating, but Raff [Laura Rafferty] was in the perfect place at the right time to make sure the ball found the net.”
“For the second goal, I was pretty sure that one of their players tried to play it back to her team mate but got it slightly wrong.”
“So really it was their mistake that set me up, which is nice as it’s not something that happens very often. But when it does, you need to make sure you take advantage, and I was happy to do that.”
The victory broke a four-match WSL losing streak for Brighton and lifted them into ninth place, leapfrogging Everton, who lost 3-0 at Chelsea.
Albion are three points behind eighth-placed Liverpool, who have now gone seven games without a league win since 21 October.