By Sam Stone

9th Dec, 2022 | 11:10pm

Women expert sends Brighton 'pushovers' warning ahead of Everton clash

We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, a member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.

Everton Women’s expert Peter MacFarlane believes Brighton aren’t going to be a pushover for Brian Sorensen’s side as the Toffees travel south to face the Seagulls on Sunday.

Everton are coming off the back of two defeats with their most recent coming against Manchester United in the Continental Cup on Wednesday (7 December).

Despite Brighton being a tough test, MacFarlane sees the fixture as a good chance to get back to winning ways in the WSL.

“Brighton are no pushovers, and especially at home, they will want to give a good account of themselves. Still, it’s vital that we pick up all 3 points this weekend so that we can get back to winning ways, and breathe some much-needed confidence back into the team before another tough away trip to Spurs in midweek,” MacFarlane exclusively told Goodison News.

“The fixtures are relentless at the moment, and I’m sure the players will be looking forward to the break, but I’m hoping that before then we can get some points on the board, starting on Sunday. I want to see the players play with more freedom, especially in the final third.

“Too often this season we put ourselves under unnecessary pressure by constantly playing the ball short from our own box, completing numerous passes without actually getting out of our own half.

“Time and time again we have been in the final third and rather than having belief in ourselves we are taking the easy option and going backwards, almost as if we want to keep possession at all costs rather than actually showing some individuality or taking a chance and putting the ball in the box.

“I really want to see us start mixing it up, the perfect 50-pass goal only happens a few times a season, we need to be more proactive and start hitting the box earlier, start taking shots, and start putting defences under pressure, rather than putting ourselves under pressure and inevitably losing the ball in dangerous areas.”

After their trip to Brighton, Everton face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday (14 December) in what is a busy period for Sorensen’s side.