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Fulham captain Jess Wright is optimistic about the future after a difficult few months for the Cottagers in which they lost several well-known players. Under manager Marieanne Spacey, the club is rebuilding with a young squad and the former Arsenal and Southampton defender, one of the players who stayed, was given the captain's armband. "We've got a good group of girls hers," Jess told Women's Soccer Scene after their 0-0 draw with Bristol City. "I've a lot of respect for them all and they respect me, and I've been fortunate enough to be given the captain's armband. I don't think it changes my game but it hopefully allows me to pass on my experience to the rest of the girls.
Jess was also looking on the bright side following the draw. "Last week we would have liked to come away with something from Donny (Belles) and didn't but today we've got a point and they all count - it could be a vital point at the end of the season. Obviously you want all three points but we'll build on it and it was a good performance in the second half.
"We've not lost it, we kept it tight at the back and created chances which is a massive thing. If we hadn't created chances then we would have been a little concerned, but their 'keeper was a busy 'keeper."
Jess is not concerned by the fact that Fulham have only scored six goals in seven games. "We've a young squad but they are capable, or else they wouldn't be there. They're all involved with the England set-up and it will come with a little bit of confidence. Once the first one goes in, we can build on it - we're capable of scoring goals from all over the pitch and we'll get there."
It is something of a surprise that Jess is yet to win a full cap for England, and there was a further setback this week as she was forced to miss the under-21 friendly in Sweden whilst battling against a leg injury, recovering just in time to face Bristol City. "I came through and I was happy - I've been on the physio's table all week and they're not particularly happy that I played today but I felt it was something I had to do," she admits. "I'm disappointed I didn't go away with England but Fulham is my priority this season and hopefully, with my performances for my club, England will come.
"(Playing for England) is a dream and if you don't have them you can't achieve them so I'll keep plugging away with Fulham, keep working hard on my game and we'll see what happens."
This Sunday, Fulham take a break from league action and play Leeds United for a place in the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup. Jess is looking forward to the challenge: "It's a no pressure game, our main concern is the league. If we can get a good run going in the Cup, get a bit of confidence and score few goals it will help. Leeds have had a good result (at Charlton) but we'll see. It should be a good game."
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