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We talk to...Stacey Hubbard (Hull City)
 Women's Football News 27 Feb 2015
We talk to...Stacey Hubbard (Hull City) - 27 Feb 2015 - Women's Football NewsThe North East League Premier Division title race is shaping up to be one of the closest in the country with a number of teams still closely involved. 
Hull City are one of those in contention and they stepped up their challenge with a 5-1 win over fellow title hopefuls Barnsley, a result which takes them into second place.
We talked to Hull defender Stacey Hubbard who was full of praise for her team's performance against Barnsley and spoke of her team's determination to win the title after heartbreakingly just missing out at the end of last season: 
Would you say that your win over Barnsley was one of your most important results this season?
I think with us only having five games remaining, every game is important to us, but Barnsley of course was a confidence boost for us to go into our next game. Barnsley are a good outfit and hard to break down, so to score five past them sends out a message that we are really up for it.

Was it a particularly welcome score following the draw against Brighouse?
The Brighouse result was frustrating for us as we had the majority of possession and a goal disallowed, we just could not put the game to bed and then with five minutes remaining they got the equaliser, it was pretty hard to take. We worked hard in training on attacking in numbers and quick plays and Hessle and Barnsley got the brunt of it in the next two games.

Do you think that the team's performance against Barnsley on the day was worthy of the scoreline?
I thought we were the worthy winners against Barnsley as we had most of the possession and chances. I thought we played extremely well as a team with the horrendous weather conditions we had to play in, it was tough, but we have a great work ethic and pushed through it.

This Sunday, you have a local derby match against Hessle Town and a win would take you top, is this a big incentive going into the game?
Whoever we would have had next would have been a big incentive to get the win as being top is our ultimate goal. In our last game against Hessle we put 13 past them, so we have to go into this game with a clean slate as anything can happen in a derby match.

How big a loss was Rebecca Beech when she left for Durham, and do you feel you have replaced her?
Beechy is a big loss for the club, as she is a prolific goalscorer, but we all wish her all the success in the Women's Super League and will be cheering her on if we get chance to watch her play. We have a couple of great strikers and it's great to see we have goals coming from other players and not just the forward two We also have a few young players coming through who have huge potential; the future is looking bright for the club.

You are in the running for three trophies right now, are you confident of a successful ending to the season?
If we keep putting in the hard work at training and sticking to our game plan and playing the way we are, I can see no reason why we cannot do the treble. However, our main priority is gaining promotion, if we could win a couple of finals along the way then that would be an extra added bonus.

Last season ultimately ended in disappointment as you just missed out on the league, but is the team using that experience to drive them on this time around?
We have definitely learnt from our disappointing season last year and we don't want to feel that way again and that plays a big part for us mentally. We are taking each game as it comes and treating every opposition the same. We have a great club, with all involved being committed and passionate, which comes across to the players. The team spirit and togetherness is at an all-time high, and we are willing to go that extra step for one another, which at times this season has played a big part in us scoring a late goal to take all three points. We are really enjoying our football and its showing, so hopefully this year we can get over the finish line. We have already shown in the FA Cup this year that we can certainly compete with the teams in the higher division, as we beat Chester-le-Street and Mossley Hill in the earlier rounds, so we would love the opportunity and challenge to play against these sort of teams week in week out and will be doing everything we can to try and make that happen.

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