BRIGGS: "Go In With a Winning Mindset"
Lauren Briggs says the Wildcats will be adopting a winning mindset as local rivals Sunderland come to town.
The Black Cats visit New Ferens Park in the first group stage match of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, and Briggs says Durham will be full of confidence off the back of a 4-0 win over Watford.
And the former Sunderland midfielder is keen to test herself against top level opposition ahead of what is sure to be an entertaining derby match.
Read Briggs' thoughts on the game below!
Briggs on the Sunderland game:
"I think it will be a great game in a great competition.
"Obviously it's a local derby for us, so we want as many people down there as we can get.
"We're going to go into the game with the correct mindset to hopefully take the points for the cup.
"I think it will be a very tough and competitive game.
"We know what they're capable of, but we also know what we're capable of and we're going to go in with a winning mindset."
Briggs on the confidence gained from the win over Watford:
"You can't really complain about winning 4-0 and we'll take that win into this next competitive game.
"I think that we showed in the Watford game, especially in the latter half, what we are capable of in terms of creating things up top and finishing our chances.
"It did take a while, but with a big squad as a collective group we can change things up.
"That win proved that even with changes we can win 4-0, so it's definitely positive."
Briggs on facing her former club this Thursday:
"It's always a good feeling playing against your former club.
"For me personally, to overcome the amount of injury I've had and play, whether that be against Sunderland or anyone else, is a great achievement for me.
"Obviously I'm going to say I'd like to win against Sunderland, but they are a very good team and it will be a hard competitive game for us.
"We have to go in positive and believing we can win and hopefully it will pay off."
Briggs on the chance to test ourselves against a WSL 1 side:
"We aspire to be in that league, so testing ourselves against a local club is great.
"We need to do that so going against Sunderland who are in the higher league will be a good and competitive game."
Briggs on the support the club is giving to Breast Cancer Care:
"I know it's close to home for a few of the girls and we want to support everybody who has gone through a difficult time.
"We want as many people down there as we can to try and raise a lot of money for the charity.
"As I said, it's close to home for a few of the girls so we'll be thinking about them when we are playing and we'll also be playing for that."
Durham take on Sunderland in the big North East Derby on Thursday, October 12 at New Ferens Park! Tickets can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE.