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Natalie Preston has spoken of her team's determination to show that they are a team to be reckoned with in the Premier League.
The Leeds United captain has seen her side make an unbeaten start to the season and they are in third place following their 5-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday.
"The first half was okay, but in the second the team played really well," Natalie told Women's Soccer Scene. "We changed our formation to 4-4-2 at half time and created a lot of chances, which we hadn't been doing."
Although November is fast approaching, Leeds have only played four league matches to date and Natalie admits that it has been frustrating. "It has been stop-start from the word 'go'," she says, "but it seems to be working well for us. Consistently, we are playing well as a team, the spirit amongst the players is great and we all get on very well."
Natalie points out that Leeds manager Julie Chipchase has made some good signings during the summer. "The new players have brought stability to the team and all have made an impact," she says. "Jess Wright and Sophie Bradley have done well in the centre of defence and are two players who like to pass the ball from the back. Unfortunately Sophie was injured recently but Sophie Walton has stepped in and has done a very good job.
"Rachel McArthur works well up and down the pitch and has a great engine, she really gets stuck in. All three have really strengthened the squad, we play more football now and look more solid as a team."
Leeds' next opponents will be newly promoted Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. "Blackburn had a good result against Charlton last week and we are aware of that," says Natalie. "They may not have done too well, results wise, so far but we are expecting a hard game. Mel Cook played for us at Leeds last season, and I played alongside Denise Campbell and Katie Anderton at Tranmere and I know that they are good players."
The following week, Leeds will play Millwall Lionesses in the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup and Natalie admits that last season's F.A.Women's Cup Final defeat by Arsenal is acting as an incentive for the club this time. "Millwall are doing very well in the league, they are a strong, physical side and we will not be taking them lightly," she insists.
"Our aim for the season is to try and finish in the top three and reach another Cup Final. I feel that this is achievable and our squad is stronger than last year, and the players are more confident.
"The F.A.Cup Final last season turned out to be the highest and lowest point of my career, in one day. But when you get there, you get a taste of the whole occasion and build up and you want it again.
"We want to show people that we are better than we were on that day. Arsenal were magnificent and we couldn't live with them on the day but it took around two weeks to get over it. Now, it has given us extra determination to go one better - Leeds are a well run club, on and off the pitch, and we want to bring success with trophies."
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