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West Ham United kept themselves in the running in the Southern Division with an important 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, which takes them to within five points of joint leaders Reading FC Women and Millwall Lionesses.
Hammers full back Vicki King admitted to Women's Soccer Scene that it had been a crucial match for her side, and not just because of the points at stake. "We always want to win the game because we are a competitive side but there is definitely something a little bit special about taking three points off your rivals," she said.
"We were a little disappointed with our first half performance, despite heading into the break with a 1-0 lead, but after some home truths at half time, we came out much stronger in the second half, retaining possession of the ball and pressing Spurs high up the pitch. This much improved second half performance earned us two more goals to seal a comfortable win."
As well as securing local derby bragging rights, Vicki also insisted that the win was vital in order to make up ground on the leading teams. "It was pivotal in terms of keeping in the chase for promotion," she repiled. "We've got a tough month coming up, so we needed to enter this run of fixtures with as many points on the board as possible."
West Ham currently sit in fourth place in the Southern Division table but Vicki admits that the team feel that they could be in a higher position. "I think all the girls would agree that we dropped points against Yeovil and Gillingham," she said. "The team was capable of taking six points from both games but unfortunately we didn't play well as a team and it cost us on both occasions."
The Hammers have no game this Sunday due to them having completed their Premier League Cup group fixtures but they return to action the following week against fellow promotion contenders Brighton & Hove Albion, who are one place above them in third. "Brighton is always a tough fixture, especially away from home," says Vicki. "For us the game is of huge importance as Brighton are challengers for the league this year and will definitely be in the mix come the end of the season, so taking another three points off them is important if we are to push for promotion."
So can West Ham make that push to go up? "Absolutely, that is our target," Vicki replies. "This is one of the strongest teams the club has had in recent years and we definitely have all the right ingredients to earn promotion.
"The manager has recently introduced three new signings to the team and those players have increased our strength going forward. With those additions, as well as the quality already in the team, we have every chance."
As for the other challengers for the title, Vicki is looking no further than the teams currently in the top three: "Brighton and Reading will be in the mix and, dare I say it, Millwall!"
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