Milligan Determined To Bounce Back

Sophie Milligan vows that Forfar Farmington will work hard to improve following Sunday’s “disappointing and frustrating” defeat to Spartans.

Despite the defeat the 23 year old defender has been pleased at how her season is going so far but feels there is still room to improve further.

Speaking following the game, Milligan said: “Sunday was disappointing and frustrating all round really. We didn’t put in the performance or get the result we wanted as a team, especially when we know we can compete with the top teams in the league and a win today would have taken us into fifth. But we talked after the game with the gaffer and know where we need to make the improvements to get us back on track.”

The defender, who joined the club in late 2014, feels her performances this season have been good and expressed her delight at working under Mark Nisbet; believing the current coaching staff are the best group to help her finesse her game while the battling centre back admits she would have stayed on the park as long as possible to get a result.

“I’m pretty pleased with the performances I have been putting in this season so far, but there is always room for improvement and I don’t think I could be under a better management team at the moment to help me do that. The guys have brought in a lot of opportunities to the club to help us develop individually and as a squad.”

She continued: “I tried to compete and press the opposition at every opportunity throughout the game and I feel I did that. It was a tough shift today and things just weren’t linking together like they have been, but I would have stayed on the park for another 90 if it meant grinding out a result.”

Milligan confessed that while playing at centre back isn’t her preferred position, having played the majority of her career at right back, she is enjoying her time there as it is helping her develop her game further.

She said: “I have always been a right back apart from a couple of seasons on left wing when I was younger so centre back isn’t my preferred or natural position, but I will give my all in wherever the gaffer puts me. In saying that I have enjoyed playing there and feel it has made me develop my management and analysis of the game a lot more.”

The 23 year old is also delighted that she has started almost every game despite some tough competition from the likes of Megan McCarthy and Gemma Collier for the centre back positions but knows that she has to work hard to continue this.

“Definitely, it can only be a good thing, we have a large squad which means we are all having to compete in training and games for our starting positions. But it’s also good to know the gaffers got confidence in me playing at CB and I will continue to work hard to earn my place in the starting 11.”

The side now face a two week break before travelling to take on Buchan in the Scottish Cup and Milligan reckons it will help the side to reflect on the last game and improve further before their next league game.

She said: “I think the break has come at a pretty good time, we have had tough games in quick succession the past two weeks with results and performances we could be really proud of until today. This gives us time to rebuild and concentrate on the cup game coming up before going back into the league and getting ourselves back up the table.”