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Coventry City took over as the new leaders of the Northern Division on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
We talked to Coventry goalkeeper Sue Wood, who praised her team's efforts so far this season and set her sights on challenging for a potential second Championship in successive campaigns:
Well done on reaching the top of the league, how pleased were you with the way the team played against Wolves?
It was really good to see the team dominate that game against Wolves. We moved the ball well, created lots of chances and were solid defensively. Their keeper did a great job at keeping the score down and we just needed that bit more quality in finishing our chances to improve the scoreline.
After you lost your first game of the season to Sheffield FC, did it make the team more determined to show what they can do?
It is disappointing to lose any game because we set such high standards at this club. When we play to our full capability we are a handle for any team to contain and difficult to break down. I expect it to be a very close match in the return fixture, but until then we have to make sure we keep performing and getting positive results as there are some strong teams in the league.
How have you found the step across to the Northern Division so far?
I've enjoyed playing in the Northern Division. It's more physical than the Southern Division and the other teams are more direct with their play. Credit has to go to the team and coaches for adapting well. We have played many of the teams before so it's not completely new for us.
Do you feel you have a point to prove, going into the league as Southern Division Champions?
As far as I am concerned, Coventry will always have a point to prove. Yes we were Champions last year, but the whole ethos of the club is to continue to develop both on and off the field. As a club we want to challenge for trophies and achieve Super League status when we get the opportunity.
How have the new signings settled in at the club?
They have fitted in with the girls well. Most of the new players already knew players at the club, which helps, and they were quickly welcomed into the team. There is really good competition for places and the opportunity to rotate the squad. It's exciting to think of the number of options we have.
This week you take on one of your nearest rivals in Blackburn Rovers who have also started very well, what sort of test are you expecting against them?
Blackburn are an established club and I expect them to be another strong and confident team. We will have to be organised and match them physically across the pitch, then let our football do the talking.
How confident are you that the team can sustain another title challenge this season?
Everyone is confident that we will be challenging for the title again this season. If we keep working hard and raising our performances it will make for an exciting end to the season.
The club is a very ambitious one, do the players all feel that the future is very exciting for Coventry City?
Coventry is always pushing to improve. We have such a hard working group of people supporting the club in the background. They don't get enough credit for the work they do. Plus our coaching and medical team is second to none and that is why people want to play for this club. Women's football is growing and it is important that Coventry remains a part of that growth, both financially and on the pitch.
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