Norwegian goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand made her Brighton debut on Wednesday as the Seagulls bowed out of this season’s Continental Cup.
There were many positives to take away from the game for Brighton fans, despite the result. The way the team played was far better than anyone expected.
There was some fine defending on show from Victoria Williams but the real narrative was behind her, in the form of new goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand.Embed from Getty Images
Fiskerstrand had a very decent game, especially considering it was her debut. Even more so when you consider the passionate atmosphere that is synonymous with Manchester United’s fans at Leigh Sports Village.
“We are disappointed with the result, we feel like we deserved the draw,” Fiskerstrand said.
“We played very well but we knew that Manchester United are a good football team. It’s disappointing but we need to take this good performance with us into the next game in the league.”
Having played for LK Kvinner in the Toppserien, Cecilie Fiskerstrand was shocked with the quality of the WSL.
“I have never seen a team this good,” the Norweigan said. “It was a really good football match, that’s how it felt. I can imagine it was nice watching it from the stands.”
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When the two sides faced each other in the league in November, United ran away 4-0 winners.
The way that Hope Powell set her team up against them this time, was much different.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a big improvement,” said 23-year-old Fiskerstrand.
“I didn’t watch that game but I have heard rumours of it. Today was a really different game.
“Our team was as good as United in some areas of the game, so it’s a big improvement.
“We had the momentum for a while, then we got a little tired and in that period you had [Jane Ross’] goal.
“We struggled and we worked and we get a goal. It could have gone either way.”
Fiskerstrand had been waiting for international clearance before being able to make her Brighton debut. However, her wait for football has been two months long.Embed from Getty Images
“I haven’t played a game since a cup final in November,” Fiskerstrand said.
“I need to take some time to get in shape. I’m not in my best shape now but I will be soon. I just need to be realistic with myself and take my time.”
Cecilie Fiskerstrand could be in line to play in her first Women’s Super League fixture on Sunday when Brighton travel to face West Ham at Rush Green.