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I'm so happy for the girls - Casey
27 Jan 2004
Casey Stoney - Captain Charlton Athletic Charlton Athletic captain Casey Stoney was keeping her feet firmly on the ground after her team pulled off a magnificent 2-1 victory over holders Fulham in the Fifth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup, warning "we've won nothing yet."
However the England defender could hardly contain her delight at the result, which ended Fulham's proud 78-match unbeaten run in domestic women's football. "I'm so happy for the girls and the club," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "It's good to give something back to Charlton after all they've done for us in the past couple of years.
"It was a hard fought game, but it always is between the two teams. The first half was very tight, with not too many chances and the second was pretty much the same until Carmaine (Walker) put us ahead.
"All we wanted to do was to get into the hat for the next round. But this result shows the whole league they (Fulham) can be beaten and are not invincible, but they are still a great side and the team to beat."
It was Casey who scored what turned out to be the winning goal when she headed home a Fara Williams corner and she has now grabbed winners against Fulham and Arsenal this season. The 21-year-old has hit a rich vein of form in front of goal all season and joked: "I don't know what's going on! I only got one goal last season. But to be honest, as long as we win I don't mind who gets the goals for us."
Casey is quick to pay tribute to Charlton manager Keith Boanas, who has assembled such a strong squad in a relatively short period of time. "Keith is fantastic, he fills with confidence and doesn't bark orders from the bench - he lets us play. At the start of the season he told us to go out and play and let him do the worrying, and this is working so well for us."
Now the Addicks have to play Doncaster Rovers Belles in the quarter finals and this will once again be an extremely tough match. "We keep getting the tough draws! But we would have to play them before the final anyway and if we want to be the best, we have to beat the best."
Top of the league, in one Cup Final and the quarter finals of the other Cup, Charlton are still focusing on three trophies and maybe the 'treble.' Whilst acknowledging it is still possible, Casey is not looking far into the future. "We've a tough run-in in the league, every game is hard and we have to win every one if we are to win it. Only the next game is important and we can't afford to look beyond that, or we may undo the good work we have done.
"We haven't won anything yet. One trophy would be great, to get us going, but we are hungry to win something."
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