I’m Liverpool Captain Gemma Bonner, and welcome to my blog.
To say it has been an interesting season would be an understatement, and the fact we now have our destiny in our own hands makes it even more interesting for the last few games of the season.
Ask any player, and they will always say that they like to be able to affect their own outcome, rather than relying on other people, and Arsenal’s previous two results means we don’t have to rely on anyone else but ourselves if we want to win the league title.
The first game after the Euros was difficult having all been away from each other, and the result at home to Arsenal showed that.
It took us a couple of games to gel again, but we knew ourselves we were not performing, and I think being knocked out of the cup by Lincoln Ladies really woke us up and everyone agreed we needed to bounce back quickly.
The first opportunity we had to do that was the game away at Bristol Academy, which was a crazy game however it was important for us to get 3 points.
While we won the game 4-3, we gave away some sloppy goals and I would have been much happier winning 1-0. We put ourselves under pressure, and as a defender, you want to be keeping clean sheets. However, the character of the team was brilliant and we have had the winning mentality all season, which helps in those types of games.
I’ve been really encouraged by how well the team has gelled, especially when you consider the number of new players at the club, including myself.
In action against Doncaster
I cannot understate how important it has been to train with these players nearly every day. It has been a massive bonus for us and has certainly played a part in us working so well together, despite all being new to the club.
I was of course delighted with my goal to win the game, though, especially as it was voted Goal of the Month for August. I never thought I could win an award like this as I usually score tap ins or headers from corners, so I was really pleased to win and its something I won’t forget.
One of my proudest moments this season however, was being made captain at the start of the year, which was a real honour for me, especially when you look at the players we’ve brought in.
I think what’s good about our team is that we have experienced players like Fara Williams and Whitney Engen who you can go to if you need to – there isn’t just one captain in the team, there are many players who lead on the pitch. But I am really enjoying the responsibility of being a young captain, and it is a massive privilege to skipper such a huge name like Liverpool.
Celebrating with teammates after another goal this season
So we now turn our attention to the Merseyside derby, which is coming up on Thursday.
It’s a massive game and both teams will be up for it, but I’m hoping that we will come out on the right side of the result. Derby games are never easy, and Everton have proved a stern test this season, but ask any of the players on our team why they came to Liverpool, and they will all tell you that they are here to win the league.
Therefore, games against your rivals are games you have to overcome, and we’ll be doing everything we can to win on Thursday, and our games after that, to ensure we are the ones lifting that WSL trophy.