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Blackburn Rovers got their season and their title challenge back on track on Sunday with an impressive 4-1 victory over Stoke City, which leaves them in third place in the Northern Division, six points behind leaders Coventry City and with a game in hand.
We talked to Rovers captain Amie Fleming, who was one of the goalscorers against Stoke, and she told us that she was delighted with the team's display on the day and that they are capable of going all the way and winning the league:
Well done on a good result against Stoke City, did you feel the scoreline reflected the game as a whole?
Most definitely, we won our individual battles and worked hard as a team. The game portrayed the character and determination that we have within our squad. Conceding early on in the game was a wake up call, it was a goal given by a mistake of our own and we knew it could have gone either way, however we battled hard and didn't give up until the final whistle which was highlighted within the result.
How important was it to get the win, after the defeat to Coventry last week?
It was vital. We needed the confidence boost, the game against Coventry did not highlight our potential, we let ourselves down and we were the only ones to put it right.
Do you feel that things are back on track now?
Against Coventry we had an off day. We are not perfect - nothing is - but we will remain to strive for the best and keep chasing what we can perceive as perfect because somewhere along the line we will hit excellence. We made a mistake, we accepted it then we rectified it, and we look to continue.
This week you are away to Sporting Club Albion, how tough a game are you expecting there?
Everyone wants to beat Blackburn Rovers, so every game will be a tough game but we're ready for the challenge!
After last season's struggles when you lost a lot of players, how different have things been this time around?
During the first period of this season we also lost a handful of players, yet it was not evident due to the successful start we have had. Players will come and go but we cannot let it affect our mentality. Last season was different, we lost management and key players and there were a handful of players completely new to the league so we were left with minimal experience, whereas this season I feel we are a stronger team physically and mentally. We have gained experienced players across the park and what we have works for us.
Is the improvement mainly down to the signings you have made or have there been other changes?
The signings have made a positive impact within the squad, yet I feel the improvement as a whole has been a group effort with the players and management.
The indications are that 3 or 4 clubs could contest the title this year, do you think this will be the case and should Blackburn be one of them?
This season the running for top of the table is unpredictable, however I do believe we have the potential to win it.
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