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Jo Potter expecting tough test against Birmingham

Defender previews Adams Park outing

7 October 2017

Reading FC Women return to Adams Park this Sunday for their third game of the Women’s Super League campaign of the new season – and Kelly Chambers’ side have begun the season with what defender Jo Potter has described as two ‘polar opposite’ games.

A disappointing opening-day defeat to Sunderland Ladies was countered with an empathic 3-0 win away to Liverpool Ladies last Friday, thanks to goals from Fara Williams, Remi Allen and Brooke Chaplen.

Potter returned to face Liverpool from a three-match suspension which was incurred against Sunday’s visitors Birmingham City during the Spring Series, said: “The first two games have been polar opposites.  We were really disappointing against Sunderland and we knew that, but we showed the perfect response. Kelly came in and asked us to show what we’re about, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Reading have drawn their last three games with Birmingham, with just four goals shared throughout.

And speaking on what we can expect from Marc Skinner’s side on Sunday Jo Potter continued: “They are always going to be a well-drilled team, they’re going to be strong off the ball and on the ball. They’re going to have a good game plan and Marc’s got high standards, so we’re not expecting an easy test against Birmingham.

“They’ve got some really good players that can win games off the cuff, but we’re positive going into the game.”

The opening two games of the season have seen six of the ten WSL1 sides accumulate both one win and one loss.

“It’s getting more competitive, I think it has to,” Potter said of the women’s top tier.

“You still see results where the likes of Chelsea are beating teams 6-0, but that’s getting less and less now and I think it has to, to make the league more sustainable and to make players want to come and play here, and to keep players in the league.

“When it’s coming down to the last game of the season and there’s two, three or four teams eligible to win it I think it says massive amounts about the league.”

Following this Sunday’s game Reading will return to Adams Park on 1st November to face Watford Ladies in their first game of the Continental Cup. If you have not yet acquired your tickets for Sunday, you can do so by clicking here.


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