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After a run of twelve matches without a win, Wolverhampton Wanderers broke their duck on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.
We talked to Wolves captain and goalkeeper Natalie Hall, who told us about her delight at the result and performance against Huddersfield, and the growing belief in the team that they can repeat last season's 'great escape' when they won three out of four matches in order to beat the drop:
Well done on your first victory - what was your main emotion after the game, delighted or relieved?
A combination of both! Obviously delight at the fact that at the thirteenth attempt we managed to collect three points and convincingly too. To get the first win of a season is always important and sadly it has taken us far too long to get it, so there is relief that we finally have a win under our belts.
Does the 4-0 scoreline give you and the team even more confidence for future games?
Absolutely. We don't score enough goals or keep enough clean sheets so to score on four occasions and not concede was pleasing.
Was there anything that you did differently on the day or was it simply a good performance?
Not really! It has been frustrating so far as collectively we have made far too many errors that have cost us dearly. On Sunday we battled throughout the game and maintained our concentration which has lapsed in previous games.
Dani Selmes was on target twice, how important will her goals be for the team this season?
Her contribution to the team is vital and she does more than just score goals for us. It is always good for your main striker to score goals but we could do with them coming from other areas of the team more frequently. Dani carries the main responsibility in terms of scoring goals and she is someone I certainly appreciate playing with.
Is it a little frustrating that there is no game this week for you to build on this result?
Definitely. It would have been great to get a bit of a run going, especially on the back of a positive result, but unfortunately it is not to be. Hopefully the rest will be beneficial though and we can get ready for our next game refreshed and raring to go.
You then return with an away game at Blackburn and a vital match with Newcastle, this game will surely be as important as last season's clash?
It is a must win as far as I'm concerned. We have to beat the teams around us if we are going to bring ourselves closer to the rest of the pack and we're now in a much better position to do that following our first victory of the season. We're not discounting the Blackburn game either though. If we can get something out of that game too, it will certainly improve our chances of survival.
After two wins in a row, including the County Cup last week, are you more confident that the team can survive again this season?
We came back from an ominous position last season so why not? If we can recreate our performance from the Huddersfield game over the coming weeks then we'll certainly give ourselves a chance. It's always difficult picking yourself up especially when you're getting beaten week in week out, however we have a great group of girls who support each other so the belief is there. We just have to make it happen now!
Can you take inspiration from last season's escape from danger, when you finished the season so well?
Of course we can! It was a nervous end to last season but the feeling of elation when our survival was confirmed was a wonderful moment. As one of the few members (or possibly the only member) of the current Wolves squad who was relegated a few seasons ago, I certainly don't want to experience that again. We came back from a difficult position last season and we'll keep believing that we can survive again this time.
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