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After a worrying spell at the bottom of the Northern Division, Blackburn Rovers moved back up the table on Sunday after a vital 2-0 win away to Derby County.
Blackburn striker Nichol Forster, who scored the first goal in the win, told Women's Soccer Scene of her delight at the win and how the squad is now looking forward with renewed confidence:
That was a very important win at Derby on Sunday, was it a relief for the team as much as a delight?
Very much so. We have been unlucky in recent games, particularly when our performances have at times warranted more out of the game. We had a physically demanding game a few days earlier in the Cup Final against Preston North End so to bounce back with a convincing win away to Derby was brilliant.
Was it your best performance in recent weeks or was there anything different this time?
I wouldn't say it was our best performance but at times we outclassed Derby and our work rate was evident from the first to the last minute. At times we rode our luck a little but we were effective, that was the biggest difference this week. It is not always the best team that wins a game of football but the most effective. We did that.
You have lost players to Super League clubs in recent months, how frustrating has that been?
I suppose we should be flattered to have had so many good players leave to play in the WSL but it has been very frustrating and difficult to gain some sort of consistency within the squad or starting eleven. It has been a real battle from day one this season but we have come together and will continue to give everything we possibly can to the end of the season. The players who have left us this season have been important and a massive part of our success over recent years and we wish them well.
Your cup form has been good though, and the team played particularly well against Reading. Is it just a case of taking this level of performance into the league?
Definitely. We know the quality we have, it is just a case of performing on the pitch. At times we have had this pressure and expectancy associated with the club - as you would expect, but we have a new young squad and at times I think we can hold our hands up and admit that we have all let that pressure get too much. There was no pressure against Reading and we produced a brilliant performance. This season has been a learning curve for everyone involved but it can only benefit us and we are happy and enjoying our football at the moment.
A number of good young players have come into the first team recently, including the likes of Keira Walsh. Is it crucial that the club hangs on to these players?
Of course. The young players have really come into their own over the past few months and full credit to them. The club has always strived to develop young talent so it's credit to the brilliant Centre of Excellence we have in place at Blackburn Rovers that they are able to do that. Gaining that balance of young and experienced players is key.
This week you take on Sporting Club Albion and have the chance to do the 'double' over them, do you feel that the squad's confidence has been renewed?
Massively. Our confidence is high and our togetherness is evident. The thought of doing the double over them doesn't really enter our mind, they are a team we would not underestimate. Past performances do not warrant three points. We want another good performance as a team and individuals and if our work rate and quality is there we don't see why that isn't possible.
Are you confident that the club can now move back towards a mid-table position?
I think if I didn't have the confidence we could, I would certainly be questioning my own role within the team. I believe in the girls, the club and the staff. We have some massive games coming up, starting with Sunday!
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