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We talk to...Tash Knapman (Exeter City)
 Women's Football News 14 Mar 2014
 
We talk to...Tash Knapman (Exeter City) - 14 Mar 2014 - Women's Football NewsThe South West Combination title race is looking to be a very close one with a number of teams stacking up to chase after league leaders Swindon Town. 
 
One of those teams, Exeter City, have underlined their title credentials with wins over Swindon and third placed Forest Green Rovers and Exeter striker Tash Knapman told us how the team are keeping their feet on the ground and not looking too far ahead: 
 
That was another good win against a high riding team, how well did the team play?
The available players that we had on Sunday pulled together and worked hard for each other, we kept a tight defence and we made it tough for Forest Green to break us down. We took the few chances that we had on breaks in the game and made them count!

Has beating Swindon the previous week given the team a lot of confidence?
Going away to Swindon, who are currently top of the league, was always going to be a tough challenge. After a brilliant team performance, coming awayfrom home with all three points has allowed confidence to grow in the team.

Is there belief within the squad that you can make a strong title challenge, given your recent form?
We still have a few league games to catch up on, but as a team we are all working hard for each other. We're not looking too far ahead and we are just taking each game as it comes.

Has there been any particular factor behind the team's good results recently?
We've had several players out through injury over the past couple of months and everyone has had to step up for the team and every single player has given 110%, knowing that anything less than that would simply not be good enough.

The title race is looking tight, even with Swindon's big lead right now, can you see it going all the way this year?
It would obviously be a great achievement for any team to win the league, but we're only halfway through the season and it's one game at a time. There's a lot of good competition in the league so we just need to keep performing as we are, and focus on getting three points every week.

Who do you think will be the main challengers?
It's still early to predict any team to win the league, no-one seems to be a clear cut contender at this point. It's very close at the moment so it's all to play for and could go any way.

You are having to catch up on a number of games because of postponements, are you concerned at all it might affect you?
The weather seems to be improving all the time and with teams now having 3G pitches available to play on, hopefully there won't be too many postponed
games! We're slowly catching up with matches so I don't think it should affect us at all.

This week you travel to play bottom of the table University of Portsmouth, presumably you will be looking to avoid any complacency?
I think our team performances in recent league games and the attitude players are showing towards games are fantastic at the moment. We've shown good character and we are competing for every minute of the game. I'm proud to be part of the Exeter team and when we are all giving 110% we can't ask for any more from the players. Even though Portsmouth are currently bottom of the league, no games are easy and we will go into the game with the same attitude as we did for top of the league Swindon, and hopefully the result will go our way.

 
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