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We talk to...Andi Bell (Nottingham Forest)
 Women's Football News 5 Dec 2014
 
We talk to...Andi Bell (Nottingham Forest) - 5 Dec 2014 - Women's Football NewsThings are looking up for Nottingham Forest following an awkward start to the season, having won six of their last seven matches in all competitions. 
 
We talked to Forest captain Andi Bell who praised her team on their latest win, coming from behind to beat Keynsham Town 2-1 to reach the Premier League Cup quarter finals, as well as being confident that they can start climbing the Northern Division table in the coming weeks: 
 
That was a hard fought tie against Keynsham on Sunday, were you pleased at the way the team came back and won?
Yes, I think on the overall balance of the game we were the better side. However it's easy to panic when you go one down, particularly considering our start to the season. However, I think we showed a lot of grit and character to come back and win the game, particularly considering the number of players we had unavailable. It certainly wasn't our best football of the season but all those involved stepped up and we are in the draw of the next round of the cup, which is the important thing.

Were there any nerves towards the end of the game when you were one goal ahead?
To be fair, it did get very edgy towards the end of the game. We seemed to panic when we had possession of the ball and did give it away a fair amount.

Do you think you can build on this result and improve your league form from here?
Yes I believe we have the backbone of a team capable of climbing the league and we still have to play a lot of the teams around us at least once. There are still plenty of points to play for.

You are now just two games away from the Final, is there anyone you would ideally like to draw in the quarter finals?
No ideal draw as any game will be tough at this stage. I'd like to avoid Sheffield but I'm confident we can give anyone a game.

This week you travel to Preston North End in the league, do you feel this is the kind of game you need to pick up points from?
This is definitely the kind of game we need to pick up points from! Preston aren't too far in front of us and we have beaten them earlier in the season. It's vital that we pick up points from the teams in and around us and we have got three important league games coming up before Christmas in which we are capable of collecting maximum points. We need to put as much pressure as possible on those teams above us.

Can you put your finger on any reason why the team has struggled in the league this season?
We lost a lot of players during the end of last season and more during the close season. Pre-season didn't really go smoothly with a temporary management situation in place along with a significant number of new players coming in. The management situation was only really resolved a few games into the season and it's only in the last few weeks that we've been able to field the same team for two games in a row. Things have certainly stabilised recently with the team starting to gel well and hopefully improvements can continue for the remainder of the season.

You have had well documented problems off the pitch in recent times and lost key players to Super League clubs, would survival this season be a good achievement given what has gone on?
Yes, I think survival is our only goal for this season. It is imperative for the future of the club to maintain Premier League status and we will all be working hard to achieve this.

 
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