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Vic Akers paid a glowing tribute to his Arsenal side after they completed a hat-trick of Premier League titles with their 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic.
"It's a fantastic achievement on their part," said Vic. "I'm just the manager, they have to go and do the work every week. I am proud of the girls and the way we play our football."
The first goal in the Arsenal win was a fine passing move finished off by Kelly Smith. "It was a good enough goal to win any match," added Vic. "The passing and movement was fantastic. For the second goal, it was great that we were still thinking quickly at the end of the game to take a quick free kick and finish things off. I always feel we are stronger than other sides at the end of games and our training breas that out.
"It's getting tougher every year as the other teams are all getting better, but the only slight hiccup we've had in nearly 20 years was the spell when Fulham went professional and bought players from here, there and everywhere. This club was built up from the Community Department and when we started we were way behind teams like Friends of Fulham and Millwall Lionesses and I feel we've taken on the mantle from them in London."
After nearly 20 years in charge, Vic is showing no signs of losing his enthusiasm for the job. "This club is a love for me and it's in my blood now," he admitted. "Even after 20 years I still get delighted when nights like this happen. I've still got a great passion for the women's game and hopefully I have done good things for it.
"I was fortunate enough to bring Kelly Smith in to the club and she has been a massive influence on the team. Lianne Sanderson has improved beyond all doubt, I always thought she would be a good player since she was nine years old and I hope she will be an influence in the future and a regular at international level."
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