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Plymouth Argyle have had a good week, following up a midweek win in the Devon County Cup Final against Exeter City with a 2-1 victory over Shanklin to step up their South West Combination title challenge.
Argyle captain Katie Middleton spoke to us about those two wins and how much it would mean to the club if they could finish on top of the league this season:
Another important win for you on Sunday against Shanklin, was the game as close as the 2-1 scoreline suggests?
The game was probably closer than it should have been as we under performed on the day. Credit to Shanklin for their work rate and effort but we never really got going and missed a lot of chances on the day. Thankfully, we managed to dig deep and carry on our good run with another three points.
Was it an especially good result after the County Cup Final win a few days earlier?
The whole squad performed so well on Thursday night in the cup final that it was always going to be difficult to maintain that level only a couple of days after. The fact that we didn't play well but still got the three points shows how much we have developed as a team over the season.
After a number of postponements in recent weeks, how good was it to actually be back playing a league game again?
It was really good to get back to league action! This season has been very disjointed with so many cancellations but we are in a good position in the league with it all to play for as we come into the final few games, so we're focused on getting the job done.
Next up for you are Southampton Saints, who beat Exeter a couple of weeks ago, are you expecting another tough game?
Southampton are a good side and we performed really well when we played against them at their place a few weeks ago. We are going to need to do exactly the same again on Sunday to get the result that we need.
The title race has been a very close one all season, can you see it going to the wire?
It's been difficult to see who's been best placed at the top of the league as there have been teams who have had lots of games in hand. Anyone has been capable of beating anyone this season, which has made the league a bit more exciting. Hopefully, it won't need to go completely to the wire and if we can continue our good run of form, I have every confidence that we can wrap things up with a game or two to spare.
Who do you see now as your main rivals for the title?
I still think that Exeter are our main title rivals at the moment and it is exciting for everyone else that we still have them to play, probably in our last game of the season.
How much would it mean for the club to get back up this season, up to what will be the top division of the Premier League?
It would mean so much to everyone at the club if we were able to gain promotion. A few years ago when we were promoted, we let ourselves down with some poor performances and probably deserved to come straight back down. I feel we now have a much stronger squad, albeit a very young squad, with loads of talent, hunger, desire and enthusiasm and I feel like this would stand us in good stead to compete at the next level if we were able to accomplish our goal of promotion. This season has been all about development and it has been a privilege to watch our young squad grow as the season has progressed. Hopefully this will continue over the next few seasons and we can continue to develop as a club.
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