Kiera Skeels ahead of Watford at The Valley

Kiera Skeels

After picking up two points from their opening two games, Addicks co-captain Kiera Skeels has praised the side’s start to the season ahead of today’s game against Watford.

Last week’s 0-0 draw away at Reading provided Karen Hills’ squad with their first clean sheet, and Skeels said she was very happy to get that notch on their belt so early on, but that now the attention turns to converting the chances they create:

“I mean keeping a clean sheet for us is what we want to be doing each game and now it’s just a case of working on our composure in the final third making sure we can finish some of the chances that we had.”

That 0-0 draw with the Royals followed a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United in the season opener, with Skeels expressing how she is pleased with how well they’ve played up to this point:

“I think we knew it was going to be a difficult test to start the season, everyone’s raring to go. I think we’ve played extremely well. I think we had a much better performance from the first game going into the second game and I think yeah it’s just a case of trying to get that win now but we know we’ve got it in us.”

Watford visit The Valley on Sunday after gaining promotion from the FA Women’s National League last season and have taken one point from their two opening games, facing tough fixtures against Durham and London City, drawing 1-1 and losing 3-2 respectively. Despite facing a newly promoted side, Skeels is under no illusions about how tough a test Watford will be on Sunday:

“Watford are a very good team, they’ve just been promoted so they’re raring to go. They’ve played very well in the last two games so they’ll be looking forward to a good test against us but then we just need to stick to our own game, and we know we can get the job done.”

The 21-year-old also spoke about just how much of a lift playing at The Valley gives the team: “I mean we love it as players, it really helps us having the crowd there. They’re always on our side, like being the extra woman on our team, so yeah we’re looking forward to being at The Valley again.”

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