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Everton Ladies can bounce back, says Jill Scott

Jill Scott
Scott moved to Everton from Sunderland in the summer of 2006

Everton Ladies' Jill Scott says the Blues can use the FA Cup and Champions League exits to their advantage ahead of the Women's Super League.

Scott's team face Liverpool on Thursday in the opening match of the new summer league after defeats to Arsenal and German side Duisburg.

"We had three of our three most important games of our season all at once," Scott told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"Hopefully those three games will keep us in good stead for the WSL."

Scott added: "It's a shame we didn't get a result in any of them, but I do feel with every performance we have got better and we can't be too critical of ourselves."

There has been a nine month delay in the WSL starting, as the calendar for the top division has been changed to the summer months to avoid a clash with the men's fixtures.

Despite no competitive fixtures for the clubs over that period of time, Scott says the Blues are ready for kick off on Thursday.

"I think for a lot of the players at Everton we have a lot of internationals throughout the team in terms of England Under-17s, 19s and senior internationals," the England midfielder continued.

Michelle Hinnigan
Hinnigan is a product of the Everton centre of excellence

"If you ask the girls I don't think they'll feel like they've had a nine month break.

"We have been keeping ourselves going but I do think we did get a rest over Christmas, which we haven't had in the past. Hopefully the girls will be a bit fresher for this season."

England Under-23 international Michelle Hinnigan believes the Merseyside derby is a perfect way for Everton to open the new campaign.

"An Everton against Liverpool derby is the best way you could start it off really," said Hinnigan. "We need to get three points in the bag as it's the first game of the season.

"At Skelmersdale United's ground, away from home, it should be a good game and both teams will be out to fight."

She added: "We're all confident with each other and we're all good enough to play in the same team. We came second last season and we can only build from there and try and do one better this season."

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