Brougham - Togetherness is the key

Georgia Brougham has relished working under new Head Coach Carla Ward since her return to the Club this summer.

The centre back rejoined the club on a season long loan from Everton having previously spent the second half of last season with the Club before the season was cancelled. 

This time round, Blues are led by Ward who has installed a new belief into the side that has seen them make an impressive start to the season.

“Everyone is on the same page,” said Brougham. “Everyone knows we are underdogs going to most games but that makes us work harder and we are more together.

“First and foremost, she brought in the mentality that we need to be together; nobody is going to win a match individually, we have to do it as a collective.

“The main difference is that we believe as a group that we can beat anyone and that is really starting to show in our performances.”

Brougham is part of the defence that has kept three clean sheets in-a-row and gave a lot of credit to Alan Reeves who has worked tirelessly with the backline since his arrival. 

“Being a defender himself, he knows how to do it, he has played in the professional game and has so much experience,” she said. “He has been massive for us.

“He is bringing that knowledge into training every day and we are benefitting from it.

“The drills that he does we might not have wanted to do but it was what we needed to get better.”

Since her return, Brougham has struck quite the partnership with another of new signings, the experienced Rachel Corsie.

“As a centre back, when you’ve got a good partnership, you automatically play better, and I think we have got a very good partnership,” Brougham explained.

“With all of her experience, that’s what I needed to push my game on, I needed somebody to learn off and she’s a great role model to do that.

Playing alongside Corsie has helped Brougham to develop her game and become a better player.

“Everyone knows that I like to get the ball down and play out from the back but, I think the other side of the game is what I needed to work, the defensive side,” said Brougham.

“Playing alongside Rach, she has that [aggression] in her game, and I think how we have grinded out results, I needed that in my game and I’m starting to do that. 

Blues play without fear regardless of opposition, a trait that Ward was keen to install into her team immediately. 

“We win as a team and lose as a team, when we go onto the pitch, we will all fight for each other and that’s what has shown in the performances,” said Brougham.

“She makes sure that we are defensively secure and that out of possession we work harder in every single game no matter the opposition.

“As soon as you are defensively secure, you can then start playing, everybody has bought into her game plan.”

Ward made seven summer signings, and Brougham believes they were the right players to come into the group.

She said: “The main trait that Carla wanted was good people, you can have a team of very good players but, sometimes if the person isn’t right then it ruins the whole structure.

“Even me coming back, it was like a whole new team and obviously everyone has gelled and are really together.”

After the positive start to the new season, Brougham hopes fans will be back soon to support the team.

She explained: “Everyone wants the fans there; they are like an extra player and can really help to grind out a result.”

“Hopefully they will be back soon to see the good football that we are playing.”