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Newcastle United captain Sarah Wilson was delighted with her team's performance after they defeated high riding Preston North End 2-0 in their Northern Division clash on Sunday.
The result prevented Preston from taking over the leadership of the division and Sarah told Women's Soccer Scene: "Overall it was a brilliant team performance.
"We started off a little bit shaky with Preston piling on a lot of pressure. We were defending well and getting the ball up the field but our efforts in the final third weren't good enough to test the keeper. It wasn't until the second half that we looked more comfortable in getting shots away."
Sarah also conceded that it was one of her team's best results of the season so far. "Every time we pick up three points I see [it] as a good result, when we perform well in doing so it's always even better," she said. "Because Preston took all three points the last time we played, we had something to prove to them and of course ourselves.
"I think as a team, we all played well, from our goalkeeper Laura Wareham making a couple of crucial saves to keep us in the game to our striker Stacy Crooks taking us to 1-0 up - and then Lizzy Fraser scoring an absolute 'worldy'.
"We defended well, our midfield worked hard and our strikers tucked away some important chances."
Newcastle are in their first season back in the Premier League after carrying off the Northern Combination title last year, following relegation the previous season. Having also beaten Midland Combination leaders Radcliffe Olympic in the F.A.Women's Cup seven days earlier, Sarah is convinced that the Preston result can only give the team confidence for their upcoming matches.
"We've started off 2013 well and now have two wins under our belt," she smiled. "It's always good going into a like this when individuals feel confident that they have been performing, therefore as a team we feel confident. It also relieves a lot of pressure.
"I always knew going into this league that it was going to be a tough campaign. We started off very well, picking up points, then we had a rough patch but I feel at the minute we are just fine. 'We're not far off', this is a very common phrase being used in our dressing room."
Newcastle have now played just over half of their league matches and sit in fourth place in the table following the win over Preston, and Sarah feels that more of the same would represent a good campaign for her side. "A good finish for us for us would be towards the top of the table having secured our place in the league for next season," she said. "I am confident that if we keep working hard and picking up essential points, we can do it."
In the meantime, Newcastle will take on Plymouth Argyle in the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup. "We are very pleased with the home draw, that's for sure!" laughed Sarah. "The FA Cup is always brilliant to be a part of and it's a break from the league.
"It's a fantastic way to make a name for ourselves. We are going to take each game as it comes and hopefully we can progress into the top rounds."
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