Derby County Football Club Women

A Look Ahead…. with Emily Joyce

After missing the whole of the curtailed 2019/20 FA National League season, Emily Joyce has settled back into the heart of the Ewe Rams midfield and believes the last two games have shown why their indifferent form early on was a mere blip.

The 2018/19 Player of the Season was looking to make her return to the Ewe Rams just as the 2019/20 season was abandoned, yet she has slipped back in seamlessly into Sam Griffiths’ side amid their improving form.

Joyce said “It was quite difficult for us the first two games, we weren’t quite  firing on all cylinders but we feel we’re back up and running now and we can kick-on and we can head into Sheffield feeling good, we are all buzzing after the last two performances.

“We’ve gone into our last two games a couple of goals ahead and our Achilles heel in the past has been allowing teams back into the game but we’ve gone out and got that third goal which has seen us get some breathing room.

“We probably needed that against West Brom as we let it slip a bit and allowed them a sniff where they got a couple back but it’s pleasing to then go out and get the fourth goal and then see out the game. Last season it took us a while to get out of that habit so hopefully we’ve cracked it early.”

Taking the three points has always been the end game for the Ewe Rams but Joyce is also wary of the threat of making individual errors which has already cost the club this season and that is something they are working hard on to clean up going forward.

“They’ve hit two goals from distance in our last game and what that is showing us is that we can’t allow teams the time to get those shots off, we need to be doing our job on a pitch and not allowing that threat from distance. Players are getting much better from distance these days and we need to stop that from happening.

“We’d spoke about keeping it tight and knowing that West Brom will be coming at us in the second-half but I think overall we’ve got to be pleased for 90% of our performance last week and we can take that into the game on Sunday with Sheffield FC.

“We go into that game in a good place, I think we’re ready to kick on further, we’ve had two really good sessions again this week and we are ready for another tough game. They got their first win last week so will be in a confident mood and I’m sure it will be a good game and hopefully we will come out on top.”

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