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We talk to...Kayleigh Green (Cardiff City Ladies)
 Women's Football News 7 Feb 2014
 
We talk to...Kayleigh Green (Cardiff City Ladies) - 7 Feb 2014 - Women's Football NewsCardiff City Ladies' excellent season continued with a 1-0 victory over Lewes which takes them into the semi finals of the Premier League Cup. 
 
The Southern Division leaders are in the running for at least two trophies and City defender and captain Kayleigh Green reflected on the win and looked forward to an exciting few weeks ahead for her side: 
 
How good does it feel to be through to the semi finals of the Premier League Cup?
Going through to the semi finals of the Premier League Cup is brilliant for us as a team. It shows how much we have progressed this season compared to last season. We set team goals for this season and one goal was to reach the final of the League Cup, and we are 90 minutes away from reaching that goal. We need to focus on what we want to achieve, and the hard work will continue.

Was the win against Lewes as tight as the 1-0 scoreline suggests?
The game against Lewes was a hard game. Lewes where a strong and organised team who came out fighting. We did not play as well as we know we can, chances were missed including hitting the crossbar but we came away with the deserved win to take us through to the semi finals. We will build on the team performance and focus on the next game.

How pleased are you to have received a home draw in the semi finals, whether it be Coventry or Gillingham?
It's always great to be drawn at your home ground for the semi finals, we have great supporters who come to every match so for us to play in front of them is great for us as team. It will be a tough game as both teams are very strong so to play the game at home is a bonus for us.

Whoever you play, it will be two of the top three in the Southern Division, so would you anticipate a tight semi final?
Yes definitely, it will be a tight semi final. Both Coventry and Gillingham are strong teams so whoever we play it's going to be a very hard game. We want to get to the final, so as a team we will be working extra hard and we will remain focused in order to achieve our goal we set at the beginning of the season and reach the final.

How satisfying was it to keep another clean sheet, to keep up your excellent defensive record this season?
Well as a defender myself, it's always important to keep a clean sheet. We have been able to rotate players in the back four throughout the season and still produce strong performances and clean sheets which shows the depth of our squad. Sophie Dando, our keeper, has put in some really good performances and made crucial saves, having a keeper like that behind you as a defender only gives you confidence when playing.

This week you play Tottenham in a league match, presumably another crucial game and a chance to go three points clear if you win?
Yes another big game for us to focus on, every game is crucial and we do not take any opposition for granted as we want to stay in a strong position in the league. Due to Gillingham not playing in the league this weekend, yes, a win will take us three points above and seeing that in the table can only provide our team with confidence.

You are still in three competitions and top of the league, does every game now feel even more important than the last one?
Yes of course, every game and good performance we have, we learn from it and work even harder in training as we constantly want to perform better as a team. Jamie Sherwood, our manager is continually pushing each of us in order to achieve our full potential, he has faith in everyone's ability and has a lot of confidence in us as a team to achieve our goals we set and he keeps us focused on each game. Every game is important and is played like a final.

April is set to be a crucial month with some important games, do you think that period could turn out to be a decisive one?
April will be difficult for us as we will be playing both Coventry and Gillingham and so it will be very decisive at the top of the table. However anything can happen in the meantime and so our main focus is not the games in April but the ones before, starting with Tottenham on Sunday. We need to remain focused and keep training hard in order to put ourselves in a good position when we do enter into April.


 
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