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We talk to...Gemma Hillier (Portsmouth)
 Women's Football News 31 Jan 2014
 
We talk to...Gemma Hillier (Portsmouth) - 31 Jan 2014 - Women's Football NewsPortsmouth swept into the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup with an impressive display against Keynsham Town at the AJN Stadium and lined up a South Coast derby tie with Lewes in the next stage. 
 
We spoke to Pompey captain Gemma Hillier who was delighted with her team's performance and she also looked ahead to the task of taking on Lewes for the fourth time this season: 
 
After two postponements, was it worth the wait in order to turn in a performance like you did against Keynsham?
Yes, definitely, we'd been waiting for two or three weeks to play the game and we knew coming up to the ground that we would be playing on a 3G pitch and it would definitely be on. We've been training hard over the last couple of weeks so it was nice to get the game done - and a good win for us as well.

The team really looked ready and up for it from the start of the match?
They did, as I said we've been training really hard and looking forward to playing again and I thought that every player in the team, even the ones that came off the bench, really put a shift in and we got a good result.

You got on the scoresheet in the win, you haven't quite got as many as previous seasons yet but presumably it's always nice to hit the back of the net?
I've been playing quite a lot in midfield and out wide this season so it was nice to go back up front where I'm used to playing. It just shows that if you follow up, Perry [Northeast] tells us every week to follow in on the keeper from long shots, against Keynsham it paid off and I'm very happy!

Even though she didn't score on the day, Charley Wilson deserves a mention for her performance as she was a constant menace to the Keynsham defence all game?
That's right - I think it's been the story of her season she's used to being the top scorer and scoring every game, but this season she's been playing in a different role and her work rate is just phenomenal. If every player could work as hard as she does we'd be flying at the top of the league. Unfortunately it's meant she doesn't score so many but I don't think she appreciates that she creates so many chances for other people and that is just as good as her scoring.

You're now at home to Lewes in the next round, a local derby tie, presumably the team will be ready for that one?
We've played them three times already this season, they've won twice and we won the other one. Hopefully we'll play as well as last time, scoring quite a few goals and getting through to the next round which is the important thing.

Lewes have had the upper hand in terms of results so far this season but this game gives you a chance to get even?
In the first two games we didn't play particularly well against them, so we will be looking to replicate the performance in the last one where we beat them. We really feel we can go quite far in this competition so beating Lewes is our next step.

And if you can get past Lewes, there is every chance you could come up against a Super League team?
We've had a couple of players leave to the Super League and didn't get into it ourselves so maybe we will have a point to prove. If we can get through the Lewes game and meet Super League opposition, we would really like to beat them and prove that point.


 
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