Terland is on the goal trail – but it’s all about taking the win as Arsenal visit

The Seagulls beat City 1-0, their first success in tussles between the clubs.

And Elisabeth Terland DIDN’T score a goal.

The second of those has also been a rarity in the early part of the season.

But Terland was delighted with the right result and that would be the case on Sunday, when Arsenal visit the Broadfield Stadium (2pm).

She has five goals in the WSL so far, behind only Tottenham’s Martha Thomas, who has six.

Terland, who showed flashes of that form at times last term (including a late season run of five goals in as many games), also netted in the Conti Cup win at Birmingham.

Two goals in the first 15 minutes of the opening game, a win at Everton, got the season off to a flying start.

She added an early header against Tottenham at the Amex, scored late on at Chelsea and then fired home on the half turn in the last home game, a 2-2 thriller with Manchester United.

Terland has been managing a minor injury issue but is delighted with her start to the season and ready to share the credit.

She said: “I don’t think a lot has changed in my mindset because I am always a player who wants to get better.

“I want to develop every day in training and in every match.

“The people I am surrounded by have made me look at myself in a different way.

“To every day be surrounded by a group of people who want to do the same things as me, who want to develop and raise our standards every day, makes me have to step up.

“When we as a group can work towards a goal, it is far bigger than just an individual.”

Albion had a turbulent season last term, with three different ‘permanent’ bosses and two caretaker stints for Amy Merricks.

Melissa Phillips’ first pre-season came as 11 summer signings arrived, with a similar number heading out, but things are starting to settle.

Terland said: “I enjoy playing under Mel and the coaching staff.

“First of all their knowledge of the game and the way they want to play, I like it.

“I think we can get a lot out of it.

“The things we are working on are actually working and everyone is 100% into it.

“The belief in the group in what we are doing is the most important thing.”

Asked about finishing the season as WSL top scorer, she replied: “My focus is the game coming up on Sunday and how I can help my team win that game.

Those who follow the stats will also have seen Maisie Symonds faring well.

She is joint top of the WSL assists chart with three, all to set up Terland.

The most recent was in the Manchester United game which, while bitterly disappointing at the death, was a hugely enjoyable showcase for what the Seagulls are doing.

A record crowd for a game at Crawley will hope for similar entertainment – and a result to match last Sunday’s on the Etihad campus.

Head coach Phillips said: “We know our next performance has to be just as focused, just as intense and even better with the ball.”

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