Nobody expected an easy transition for Motherwell in SWPL1, and it certainly hasn’t proved one so far.
Following on from getting the league campaign off to a winning start against Stirling University, Motherwell haven’t managed to add another victory in their subsequent four matches.
As the women of steel prepare to host Rangers at Ravenscraig on Wednesday evening, Steph Knox insists nobody is reaching for the panic button at this early stage.
With a two-and-a-half-week break without a game, the defender thinks that will have helped the side recover from painful successive defeats against Spartans in their last outings.
“The break has given us much needed time together on the pitch to work on things and regroup,” Knox said. “It’s important to challenge any issues and move past them to improve as a team.
“To suffer back-to-back defeats against Spartans was very disappointing, but we can’t deny that Spartans are a very good team with very good players.
“We know we need to really up our game to compete with teams like Spartans and we proved we can do that against Celtic – it’s just trying to find that consistency.”
With big challenges coming thick and fast, Knox knows that finding consistency won’t be a straightforward exercise.
After hosting Rangers, Donald Jennow’s side head to Petershill Park to face 12-in-a-row title winners Glasgow City.
Only five games into the season, Knox reckons the league table isn’t too significant at this early stage and stressed the importance that they the team don’t look beyond their next game.
“The Rangers game will be a massive challenge for us,” added Knox, who played for the Ibrox side between 2009 and 2015.
“They are an experienced top league side and have a lot of quality.
“We know we’ll have to work hard and really focus to take anything away from the game but we’re up for there challenge and are looking forward to the game.
“It’s important to be realists with our league position, we have seen some interesting results so far this season.
“You can’t take anything for granted and one game at a time is definitely our strategy right now.”
Having had a brief spell at ‘Well last season, Steph rejoined the ranks at Fir Park during the close season and has been an ever-present so far this term.
The defender is enjoying playing regular football and is excited about the heightened attention being placed on the women’s game.
Scotland’s brilliant 1-0 triumph over Brazil during the international break grabbed headlines across the country and Knox will be right behind Shelley Kerr and all of those in dark blue as they head to France for this summer’s World Cup.
“It’s been great coming back to Motherwell,” the 24-year-old said. “For me this season has been about getting back to enjoying playing football.
“The atmosphere at the club is one of the best I’ve been at from both the coaches and the players – I’m loving playing again.
“It’s brilliant to see our national side do so well they’ve really exceeded expectations.
“The result against Brazil was a real confidence boost going into the World Cup. It’s exciting for the country and I’m sure the girls will do us all proud over there.”