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Jo Potter was delighted with Birmingham City's 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles but admitted that they had not been at their best.
The Blues picked up three more valuable points to keep themselves clear at the top of the FA WSL and the midfielder told Women's Soccer Scene: "It's good to be back. It has been a long break for the World Cup but we came back today, didn't play our best football but came away with a 3-0 victory."
Birmingham did make a fast start to the game and an early strike from Dunia Susi settled any early nerves. "We always go out to press and start early and the early goal just set the tempo for the game," said Jo.
A goal in each half from leading scorer Rachel Williams sealed the win, including a late diving header from a Jo Potter cross. "Rachel did what she does best - scoring goals," she said. "Her not being away at the World Cup kept her fresh and she's always a threat to other teams."
Jo herself has adapted to a new role in the centre of midfield this season and has won widespread praise for her performances and outstanding form so far. "I'm playing slightly further back this year, I must be moving back as I get older," she quipped. "It's a bit different from playing out wide but getting on the ball and spreading the play is my game so hopefully I'll continue to do it for the rest of the season.
"[Playing] under the management and the staff is an enormous positive and they seem to be getting the best out of me in that role."
Birmingham's next match is a trip on Wednesday to Bristol Academy, who they defeated 4-0 in the opening match of the season. Jo insists that the result from the match will have little bearing on the return game: "In the first game of the season, I don't think they [Bristol] quite expected the tempo and pace of our football but now they're going to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses. It's going to be time for us to step up again, kick on a gear and go down there and hopefully come away with three points.
"Over the next few weeks we are just going to take each game as it comes and our priority is Bristol on Wednesday. I was watching their game [against Lincoln] and they are a very good team, we can't underestimate anybody in the league at the moment."
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