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We talk to...Naomi Cole (Lewes)
 Women's Football News 29 Nov 2013
 
We talk to...Naomi Cole (Lewes) - 29 Nov 2013 - Women's Football NewsLewes picked up an important 3-1 Southern Division win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, having reached the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup seven days earlier. 
 
Naomi Cole has been in excellent form for the Rookettes this season, scoring twice in the win against Spurs, and the England Under-23 international talked to us about their season so far and her hopes for a good Cup run: 
 
How good a result for the club was it to beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday?
The result was massive for us, especially because of the break of games since we last played in the league and if you look back on those last few results, they've been heavy defeats. It was crucial for us to get back to winning ways and stay in contention with the teams around the top.

Spurs were one place above you in the table before the game, did you see it as a must win match?
Of course, if you look at the table it shows how close it is after playing nearly half our games now, every point matters so getting those away from home to go above Spurs was a plus for us. Last season we picked up most of our points at home so this year we want to improve our away form to give ourselves the best chance of getting higher up the table.

Was it particularly good to build on your result in the League Cup a week earlier?
Yes, it was key for us. We may not have performed to our potential against Charlton but we still come up with the result. Sometimes, that's all that matters to build confidence and kick start a string of wins. For us, we know how difficult to beat we can be when we play to our potential and I think the Spurs game showed that we can get convincing results against teams in the league.

You have had two excellent wins in the League Cup, do you feel you have a real chance of winning it this year?
We always look at the league as a priority but now we have reached the knockout stages of the League Cup, of course we would love to go on a cup run, who wouldn't? It would be a massive deal for us as a club that isn't as well known as the bigger names in the two Premier Leagues to go far in it, so to put Lewes on the map by going all the way in the cup would be amazing.

This week you travel to bottom of the table Chesham United, presumably you will be making every effort to treat this game as though you were playing the leaders?
We have to - ask anyone from any team in this league and they will say the same thing. No team can be underestimated as points can be picked up from anybody. Each team has their own strengths so it's important we know Chesham's and don't let them play to those. We will keep building on from last week, putting in another hard working performance and believing that what we do will allow us to come up with the goods on Sunday.

How pleased are you to be back at Lewes this season and particularly your good form in front of goal?
It's been brilliant so far, it was like coming home. I was welcomed with open arms by the players and fans which I'm so grateful for. Their support has been great which has allowed me to settle into my game and just enjoy playing. The goals have been a bonus, I found myself playing up front on Sunday which made me roll back the years! The team open up the opportunities for me to score and give me the confidence to shoot when a chance is there. I hope this form continues but for me, the main thing is the team getting three points, regardless of who scores.

What do you feel Lewes can realistically achieve this season?
Realistically we have only played six games in comparison to other teams who have played ten so the league is still fairly open, but winning our games in hand will give us more of a chance to evaluate where we are then. I believe our aim should be top four this season, we are capable of achieving it as long as we keep playing well. But we can never rule ourselves out of winning the league, it's still early and as I said, every team can pick up points from each other so it's down to us to win as many as possible and hope things fall into place!

 
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