HOPE POWELL has backed Kayleigh Green to score more goals for Brighton after being nominated for Goal of the Month.
And the Albion boss praised the club’s decision to let players wear their away shirts in support of those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Brighton boss spoke after the Seagulls revealed their teams will play sports their blue and yellow stripes this weekend in solidarity with civilians involved in the conflict.
The jersey is the same color as the national flag of Ukraine.
And the move comes in the same week that the Russian Football Union announced its intention to appeal a ban on its men’s team at this year’s World Cup.
Powell, 55, said: “It’s really important that it shows that the club cares about him and that there’s a genuine compassion for what’s going on in the world.
“I understand that the proceeds from all shirts sold in these colors go to the Red Cross to help people who are struggling.
“It’s really important and I think it’s a fantastic gesture from the club.”
Brighton are back in top form on Saturday for the first time since the international break and the 4-1 win over Reading.
The result against the Royal saw Green, 33, bag a brace as eighth-seeded Albion ended a tough eight-loss-in-nine-game streak.
One of her efforts resulted in her being nominated for the Seagulls Goal of the Month award.
Powell added: “She’s been doing well the last couple of games and it’s great to see her getting into the goalscoring charts more regularly.
“Playing her preferred position – a nine – gives her that opportunity.
“From my point of view, the fact that she scores the goals that make the games means that we get points.
“But all credit goes to her. She’s fast and most defenders are afraid of speed.
“And she has her just rewards for running and the work she put in in the games.”
Brighton head up AstonVilla next with their opponents aiming to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 loss to Everton.
The last duel between the teams ended in a 0-1 home defeat for Albion.
And Powell believes her team will face an open competition, with both teams fighting for the jugular and maximum points.
Powell said, “I don’t think if they beat us in the first game it’s going to be about closing up shop.
“Because they have a little more depth in their squad, they will be absolutely chasing points, just like us.
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“There’s a chance it will be quite an open game, more open than ours at the end.
“I don’t think they would just shut up with the kind of players they have, certainly not Jill Scott and Remi Allen.
“They are future-oriented and love to climb into the penalty area and take chances. That’s their game.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17838596/hope-powell-kayleigh-green-brighton/ Powell hails the solidarity of goal-hungry Greens and Brighton with the victims of the Ukraine invasion