Lyndsey Harkin is looking for a response from her side on Sunday afternoon against Middlesbrough as Nottingham Forest aim to bounce back to winning ways after last week’s FA Cup exit.
The Reds surrendered a one goal lead late on in the second-half against Burnley as the Lancashire side secured a 2-1 victory but despite the loss Harkin believes the side can still find positives from the game.
She said: “There’s a lot of positives to take from the game.
“I think we were the dominate team for the majority of the game but it was unfortunate that they grabbed two late goals in the end. Fair play to them.
“But there’s plenty of positives we can take into training this week ahead of Sunday.”
The loss forced Forest into an exit from the FA Cup competition but allows the side to turn their attention back to the league as the team are set for a tough few months as they fight for promotion against tough competition.
“Obviously, it would’ve been nice to stay in the cup and have a good run,” Harkin explained.
“But now it’s back to the league next week so all we can do is work hard in training as always and hopefully put things right there and kick on again.
“The next game is always the focus. It may sound cliché but we are just taking each game as it comes.
“If we do things properly, work hard and do everything to the best of our abilities then we will be where we deserve to be at the end of the season.”
Forest welcome Middlesbrough to Eastwood CFC on Sunday afternoon as they return to league action for the first time since early November. The two sides met on the opening day of the season as The Reds fell to a 5-2 loss in an afternoon to forget but Harkin is expecting a better performance from herself and her team at the weekend.
She said: “Boro are a good side with some quality players too so we know it will be a tough game.
“I think we have improved so much as team as well as individually since the first game of the season.
“We will definitely be looking to put on a better performance than last time out against them.”
As The Reds aim to claim second spot in the league standings as their own with all three points on Sunday afternoon Harkin states that a strong home support will play a key part in achieving that.
“Our home support is fantastic,” Harkin said.
“They always give us such a boost and we will be looking to put on a good display for them and hopefully gain those three points.”