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Huge morale boost - Naomi
 Women's Football News 14 Dec 2012
Huge morale boost - Naomi - 14 Dec 2012 - Women's Football NewsLewes produced one of the shock results of the season when beating Charlton Athletic 5-0 in their final Premier League Cup group match, earning themselves a place in the knockout stages. 
The result also prevented Charlton from taking top spot in the group and a delighted Naomi Cole told Women's Soccer Scene: "It was a fantastic all round performance, every player worked for each other and everything just seemed to click on the day.
"But it has been coming, our recent performances have been the same but without the final result, so to get it is a huge morale boost."
Was it one of the best results the club has picked up? "It is definitely up there as Charlton are a top National Premier League team," Naomi replies. "But if you ask the squad overall, we believe the home games against Brighton and Reading have been brilliant results for the club and proves what level we can match up against."
The England Under-23 international is also convinced that the result can only give the team extra confidence for future matches coming up. "Of course," she says. "Any game where you win by such a margin against higher opposition makes you feel you can take on anyone when everyone is on their game. It proves the quality within the whole of our squad.
So what were the best aspects of the Lewes performance on the day? "The confidence of everyone wanting to get on the ball and then, when on the ball, making the right decisions," says Naomi. "There were always multiple options and the movement made the play flow to create the amount of chances we did. Scoring has also been a stumbling block for a few weeks so converting these chances was the most pleasing part of all our work on Sunday."
Lewes have since been drawn away to Barnet, winners of the trophy two years ago, in the last sixteen. Naomi insists that the team can approach that match with confidence: "Like I said before, when everyone is on our game we believe we are good enough to take on any team. Barnet are going to be tough opposition, especially with it being away and again another team in the National Division.
"They'll be disciplined and hard to break down so it will need patience and a bit of cleverness to create chances. It is definitely there for the taking though."
In the meantime, Lewes have a local derby to play against Brighton & Hove Albion this Sunday and will be aiming to at least repeat their goalless draw with the Seagulls back in September. "Any derby game is always eagerly anticipated by any team so this game is exactly the same for us," admits Naomi. "The teams know each other well so it is sure to be a tight, tough and exciting game!"
In terms of results, Lewes have had a difficult baptism to life in the Premier League after promotion but Naomi is certain that they will improve very soon. "The tempo is quicker and the quality of the opposition is a difference but we are starting to prove to ourselves and other teams that we are good enough to stay in this league," she says. "Once the points are getting back on the table we can work our way up and gain momentum."
So what does Naomi think would be a good finish for Lewes this season? "We believe anything from fourth and above is a fantastic finish after promotion but we will keep pressing on and getting points so we maintain our Southern Division status for next season, as long as we do that, everybody at the club will be happy."

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