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Pauline Hamill has been making a huge impact in her first season in the Premier League after making the move from Scotland to join Doncaster Rovers Belles during the summer.
The Scottish international has helped her new club into third place in the table and she currenly heads the goalscoring charts with seven goals from midfield. Following their 6-1 win over Bristol Academy on Sunday, Pauline remained modest about her display which saw her score two of the goals. "It was a great team performance," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "I don't think players should ever take credit from a team game - the team did very well and that is the most important thing.
"The goal just before half time settled us down, then we broke away and scored the third and after that we managed to get the ball down and play well, so I'm pleased for everyone in the team.
"I think we've set our own standards now. We're not kidding ourselves that we are the best team in the league or anything like that, we are a team that is progressing. We're getting better as every game goes by."
The win also included a stunning goal from young striker Carla Cantrell and Pauline has high hopes for her futire. "It was a really good goal - she scored a similar one earlier in the season," she said. "Maybe she shouldn't do it again because she got taken off ten seconds later! She is a good player with a lot of potential."
Pauline herself has been in fine form in front of goal. "It's a surprise to me, to be honest," she admits, "I'm playing in midfield and to score seven goals from there is good for any player. But as long as the team keeps playing well and winning, that is more important than any individual player.
"Initially, it was different (when arriving in England) as the pace is a lot quicker and the players are better, so it's a challenge for me every week. I think I've settled in well now and I am quite happy with my own performances."
Next for Pauline is a plum World Cup qualifier against Germany, to be played on Thursday. "We're playing the Germans and, as everybody knows, they are the World and European Champions and such a fantastic team," she says, "but for me it is great to play in a game like that. It wasn't that long ago that Scotland weren't competing against teams like that, so for me and the rest of the girls it is a great experience. We've got a new coach and we're getting better by the game, so we're really looking forward to that trip.
"Last time, we did particularly well against them and were unlucky as we could have had a half time lead in that game. We've got a few players missing but we have to look to the ones that are there and hope everyone can do their job. We are really looking forward to the game and who wouldn't, going to play the World Champions.
"We knew the Russians were going to be good, we just didn't realise how much they had come on. Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland are good teams so we knew we were faced with a tough draw, but every game is a challenge and it's great to play against better players, because that is how you prove yourself."
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