Speaking to the media ahead of Everton’s trip to King Power Stadium on Sunday, Brian Sorensen appeared rueful when talking about the Toffees’ opening day defeat to Brighton.
Having conceded twice within the opening fifteen minutes, Megan Finnigan’s 65th minute strike wasn’t enough to salvage a point for Everton – who are now ‘trying to focus on the positives,’ according to Sorensen.
He admits that it is ‘frustrating’ that the club started their Barclays Women’s Super League campaign in that fashion, but notes that ‘when we got into the game, we were the better team.’Embed from Getty Images
His new summer signings weren’t exempt from criticism either, with Karoline Olesen and Martina Piemonte both ’slow to get going in the first fifteen minutes.’ The duo signed from Fortuna Hjørring and AC Milan respectively, both committing to two-year contracts on Merseyside.
Sorensen acknowledges that his ‘team is super young,’ and adds that he doesn’t know ‘if that played a part or not’ in the opening day defeat. However, the Everton boss also highlighted that the club ‘have a lot of national team players who have been away.’
Sorensen also spoke of Toni Duggan being ahead of schedule on her return to match action, adding that ‘she’s been working really hard and it’s good to see her back.’
But ahead of the trip to Leicester City, Sorensen urged fans to not be too disheartened by the loss to Brighton. When asked if it’s too early to read into the results thus far, his answer was simple: first weekend, we see [upsets] every year.’
He insists that the club are ‘comfortable,’ and that given the close nature of the league this season, on ‘any given day, you can lose to all teams and you can also win against all teams.’
Leicester City v Everton kicks off at King Power Stadium at 3pm on Sunday, October 8.