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It's just another game...
 Women's Football News 25 Oct 2013
 
It's just another game... - 25 Oct 2013 - Women's Football NewsThis Saturday we get the chance to play England in a competitive international and we are all really excited, it is going to be a great occasion. 
 
Leading my country out in such a game is definitely a moment I will enjoy and hopefully one that I will remember.
 
Playing England will be a new experience for me though as I have never faced them at senior level before. I played against them at Under-19 level a few years ago, more that I care to remember, and although we lost 2-0 that day, it was a good game. The England team that day included the likes of Karen Carney, Lianne Sanderson and Fern Whelan so they were good opponents then.
 
England are a strong team and we know that. Regardless of how they are playing, we would always be underdogs when we face them, we would never be favourites but we understand that. No international is an easy game, you have to play well and earn any victories, so we are just concentrating on ourselves and not who we are up against.
 
It helps that we know the England players so well as most of the squad play against them in the WSL and that makes it more of an even game. It works both ways though as they will know us just as well, so that should make for a more feisty match. We can't wait for the game and they probably can't either.
 
It is most important that we remember it is just another game, we mustn't get distracted from what we have to do. If we win the game or draw, we still only get one or three points, we don't get anything extra from winning matches like this. We have to play as if it is just another game for Wales and take it from there.
 
Saturday will not be the first time that we have played in front of a large crowd, last year we took on France in the qualifiers for the Euros and there were over 16,000 there. We can learn from the France game as, looking back, I think the occasion got to our players and we gave away early goals, so we have to make sure that doesn't happen this time.
 
We go into the game with a win under our belts, having beaten Belarus 1-0 in our opening group match. We played well but ended up a little disappointed with the conversion rate from our chances. It was our first home game and we knew we had to win, so there was a little bit of nerves beforehand. We could have won by more but, to be fair, Belarus had a couple of good chances as well before we got the goal.
 
The scoreline was not a true reflection overall but we can be more than happy with the win and three points - it was imperative that we won the game as in our last qualifying group for the Euros, we lost the first match at home to Ireland and it proved to be an important result as we challenged for a play-off place.
 
It was fitting though that Helen Ward scored the winning goal, her 30th for Wales on the occasion of her 50th cap. Helen has been a star since day one of playing for us, I enjoy playing with her and it is a joy and pleasure to have her with us. She scored a good that really summed her up, a spectacular strike - another one on Saturday would be great!

 
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