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Emily Westwood reflected on her debut for Everton and felt that her new side could well have taken all three points from a well contested match against Bristol Academy, which finished goalless.
"Obviously it's a disappointing start to the season," she told Women's Soccer Scene after the game. "Although we didn't concede any goals and got a point on the board. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was a bit tired towards the end though as I am not used to Premiership football just yet.
"I might be a bit biased, but football wise I think we outplayed them. They (Bristol Academy) are very strong and physical, and quick on the counter attack, but we kept a clean sheet and that is important."
Emily has played for Wolverhampton Wanderers since the start of her career and they came close to reaching the National Division last season, but she took the decision to move to Everton during the summer to help cement her place in the England squad by playing top flight football. "I've made the step up now and I thought I played alright today," she says. "Hopefully I can go on from here and things will improve for me."
The England midfielder, known to her team mates as 'Woody', is also impressed by her new club and their first performance of the season. "You can see the way we play, the way we move the ball and the likes of Fara (Williams), Amy Kane and Johnno (Lindsay Johnson) are all really good players," she enthuses. "It's just in the final third where we need to work on in training and sharpen up.
"We've a bunch of good girls at the club. I know most of them through being away with England and our coaches, Mo and Keith Marley, are quality. I hope we can make a challenge and with all the girls around me, I hope I can play week in week out and enjoy the challenge with them."
After the match, Emily joined up with the England squad for a week long training camp in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Austria. It is also the first time the squad have met up since the Euro 2005 finals. "I'd like to think we can win against Austria," she admits. "After the Euros, we were disappointed that we didn't come out of the group stages but I am sure the girls will want to make up for their misfortunes so we will be buzzing and ready for the challenge."
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