Doncaster Rovers Belles v Arsenal
The FA WSL
7.45pm, Wednesday 21 August 2013
Arsenal Ladies boss Shelley Kerr cannot wait to lock horns with former manager John Buckley when the in-form Gunners travel to her former club Doncaster Rovers Belles on Wednesday.
The Gunners are on a five-game winning streak in The FA WSL, having conceded just one goal and scored 15.
In stark contrast, the rock-bottom Belles are still without a League win this season, but Kerr is aware that there are no easy games in the top flight and anticipates a tough encounter against Buckley’s side.
She said: "We are expecting a physical battle and we are expecting them to put us under pressure.
"I played under John a few years ago at Doncaster so I know him very well and how he organises his teams.
"I have a lot of respect for him as a boss and the job he has done at Doncaster.
"His team will be well fired up for the game that will be sure."
A win in South Yorkshire would allow Arsenal to close the gap on league leaders Liverpool. The Gunners are five points behind the Merseysiders, but they have two games in hand.
And Kerr has revealed that the introduction of extra training sessions has been key to her side's hot streak.
The team now train four times a week which allows Kerr to introduce position-specific sessions and individual training.
She added: "There has been an accumulation of things that have kind of changed in the second half of the season.
"We are basically working on position-specific training and I think the extra sessions are bringing the team together more and that has been very beneficial for us.
"We have also strengthened the squad during the summer which I think subconsciously adds pressure onto the players.
"You have got to rise to the occasion because it is competitive for places so everyone at training wants to do better and wants to get in the team so that has been a determining factor."