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A must win game...
 Women's Football News 18 Nov 2011
 
A must win game... - 18 Nov 2011 - Women's Football NewsThe last two results we picked up against France and Scotland did not reflect the performances we gave on the night but this Sunday, we have a chance to make up for this when we play away to Israel. 
 
The 2-2 draw against Scotland could well have been an even better one and it has made this week's match a must win one for us. It's important that we get three points against Israel to still be in with a shout of finishing in second place.
 
I am fully confident that the team can continue their recent form and there is a real belief within the camp now. We have got a great staff and a great squad who believe in what we are trying to achieve. I feel that the girls can get a win, however Israel will be a very different opponent for us.
 
Sadly I am not going to be in Israel and have been forced to 'put my feet up' at home because I am suspended due to picking up two bookings. I am disappointed in myself to be missing this game although I do feel that both yellow cards I received were very harsh and soft. However I have been around long enough to know that international games are more or less a non-contact sport and so I should not have got myself in this situation.
 
I have said this before in previous columns but the future for Welsh women's football is very, very bright. We had three youngsters - Hannah Keryakoplis, Hayley Ladd and Angharad James - in the last squad and each of them made their senior debuts. I believe we have even more in the squad for the Israel game. Jarmo would not bring them through if he didn't feel they were good enough, so we welcome them because they are good players and deserve to be there.
 
I had an insight into this myself last week as I went along to be a part of the Under-17 camp and did some coaching and I enjoyed every second while working with the girls. They are a great bunch and have a lot of potential. It's scary sometimes to see how good some of these girls are at such a young age!
 
This is the last match that Wales will play in 2011 and, looking at the year overall, I believe it has been a very successful one. We have had some great highs, and a few lows, however we have learnt from them, taking everything forward that we have learned, and we have got stronger for it.
 
We are now competing at a higher level and teams are now seeing us as a threat and giving us more respect. We have still got some way to go but, if we keep moving at this rate, it won't be long until we get to where we want and feel we should be.
 
This is set to be my last column of the year and it is a little unfortunate that it has ended this way for me. I hope everybody has a good Christmas and New Year and here's to a successful 2012, see you then!

 
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