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Which is why she was so pleased to see them dig deep for a point at the end of tiring week.

The Seagulls took a point which kept them above their visitors and five clear of bottom-placed Yeovil in the battle to avoid the one WSL relegation spot.

It was not a pretty spectacle. Far from it.

The one real highlight came in only the third minute when ex-Everton forward Aileen Whelan hit the bar.

But Albion were pleasingly solid at the back and looked the more likely to force a win in the later stages.

Powell’s side have still to visit Yeovil but have breathing space after a 2-0 win at Liverpool eight days ago.

That and the midweek trip to Manchester City, she felt, left them feeling “a bit leggy” in yesterday’s second half.

But the point and the shut-out were precious.

“I think it’s still tense,” Albion’s boss told The Argus in relation to the survival battle.

“Yeovil are a decent team, they score goals.

“Liverpool have had a bit of a slide after starting well but I know some of their players are coming back from injury.

“We really want to rely on ourselves to keep in this league and I think today we have relied on ourselves not to lose the game, not to concede points. We have got a point.”

Powell was spot-on in saying her side can play better than this.

But, as the second-half minutes ticked by, it was easy to think

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