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We talk to...Alissa Down (Denham United)
 Women's Football News 14 Nov 2014
We talk to...Alissa Down (Denham United) - 14 Nov 2014 - Women's Football NewsDenham United produced their best result of the season so far on Sunday when ending Milton Keynes Dons' unbeaten record with a 3-1 victory in South East Division One. 
We talked to Denham midfielder Alissa Down who praised her team's character and determination in beating their high riding opponents and is confident that they can build on this result in the weeks to come: 
Congratulations on an excellent result against MK Dons, was it the best that the team has played so far?
Thank you! I think that it has been a long time coming, in previous games we have dominated in spells but we have struggled to take advantage when we have been on top and the game has slipped away from us. It was a relief this week that after we had gone a goal ahead, we had got to half time without conceding a goal and taking our chances in the second half.

Did you approach the match with MK Dons differently from the other games or was it simply an improved display?
We had a long chat as a team after our recent performances and everyone had a chance to express what they thought had been going wrong. Everyone seemed frustrated as we have been playing some good football but the results weren't happening for us. This weekend showed that we have the character to bounce back from bad results and the determination that is within our team to turn our season around.

Does this result show the potential of the team?
This result definitely shows the potential of the team, to have beaten a team who were unbeaten this season in the league shows how much of a decent team MK Dons are. You have to be on the top of your game to get a result against good teams. To beat them 3-1 in the way that we have shows we still have lot to give this season and we are looking to improve on where we finished last year.

Overall, how do you feel the season has gone so far?
The start to this season has been tough. We have had a lot of injuries to players who were playing regularly for us last season but this isn't an excuse, the players that have come in are good players and everyone is working hard in training. The results have been going against us, losing by the odd goal and this is hard to take but you have to show character and bounce back the week after. I feel as though we are unlucky to be in the position that we are but the league table doesn't lie and we are there because we haven't been good enough so far. The result on Sunday shows that our hard work is paying off and we are going in the right direction and I hope it kick starts our season.

Is the standard in the division stronger this season than the old Combination League last year?
I definitely think the league has got stronger because the teams have improved, the division seems a lot more competitive and when checking the results on a Sunday afternoon there's always a surprise or two. We spoke last season on how we felt there were some young teams in our division and how they were only going to get stronger and recent results have proved this.

Is it a little frustrating that you don't have a game this week and a chance to build on this result?
It's frustrating that we don't have a game this weekend yes, but the fact that we don't have another game as a team until December is even more so. We finally got another win and now we have a long break. It will give us a chance to watch the other senior teams at Denham and see some of the exciting players that are coming through. We also have the England-Germany game to look forward to at Wembley so it's not all bad!

South East Division One is shaping up to be a close fought one, who do you think can win the league based on what you have seen so far?
It is most certainly going to be a very close finish. At this stage it's very difficult to tell, all of the teams at the top of the table have their own qualities, results against the teams near the top will definitely be a big factor and I have a feeling it will go down to the last day of the season again. If I had to call it at this stage I think that C&K Basildon will go on to win the league, they are a strong team and can play more than one style of football. They seem to have a good team spirit about them and I think these are key factors to winning leagues.

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