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We talk to...Lauren Struszczak (Loughborough Foxes)
 Women's Football News 13 Mar 2015
 
We talk to...Lauren Struszczak (Loughborough Foxes) - 13 Mar 2015 - Women's Football NewsLoughborough Foxes are having an excellent season in the FAWPL Midlands Division One and their 3-3 draw on Sunday against Leicester City Women leaves them four points ahead of their second placed opponents, with six games left to play. 
 
We talked to Foxes defender Lauren Struszczak who praised her team's resilience as they picked up an important result in the title race but also admitted they still have some work to do in order to achieve their dream of winning the league: 
 
The top of the table clash certainly lived up to expectations with the scoreline. Overall, are you satisfied with a point?
Obviously we would like to take three points from every game we play and after our first half performance, we certainly knew we had it in us. However after going 3-2 down and with only ten players it is safe to say we were all very happy to take a point from the game and ensure things don't change at the top of the table with us remaining four points clear.

What was the moment like when Vicky Brackenbury equalised in injury time?
The whole team knew there would be a lot of injury time due to a numerous stoppages in play. During the last ten minutes or so, we put continued pressure on the Leicester defence and won a corner. Thankfully our skipper and my centre back partner, Vicky, is very strong in the air and renowned for her heading ability. She stepped up when it counted, beating the Leicester defenders to the ball and heading the ball home. The entire team pretty much celebrated like we had just won the World Cup - that's how much it meant to us!

Do you see it now as a very important point against your nearest rivals?
All points are important from now on, with Leicester only four points behind us and Radcliffe hot on our tails if they have success in their games in hand. We cannot afford to drop any points if we are serious about winning the league and pushing for promotion. I'd agree that this was a particularly important point taken from a top of the table clash, especially away from home.

This week you have to sit it out in the league but you return to action at Radcliffe Olympic, do you see that one as a tough game?
We know Radcliffe are a tough team. Having already played them at home, winning 2-1, we know they will not be beaten easily. Their recent results in both League and Cup competitions prove they are a decent side but we will approach the game the same as any other and hopefully come out with three points.

The majority of the goals have been shared between Jodie White, Vicky Brackenbury and Melissa Reid but are there any others in the team who deserve credit in the team's success so far?
As a defender, I believe stopping the ball going in your own goal is as important as scoring so I prefer not to give all credit to the goalscorers! The key to our success this season has been our closeness as a team and our desire to work hard and win, not only for ourselves but on behalf of the team. Even our more senior players will say the team cohesion this season is the strongest they have seen. It also helps to have such an expert managerial and coaching set up, something I think a lot of us may take for granted at times but is absolutely crucial to our success.

Do you see Leicester City as your main rivals or do you think anyone else is capable of making a late challenge?
Leicester City are a strong team and will challenge us for the title until the bitter end. If we drop points they will make sure they take advantage. Personally I do think Radcliffe are a team to watch out for - their physicality will help them dominate games but with a lot of games to play in a short amount of time they may end up dropping points, especially as they have Leicester and ourselves yet to play.

If you can win the league, just how big an achievement would it be for a club like Loughborough Foxes?
I cannot put it into words how huge an achievement it would be if Loughborough Foxes could win the league. At the beginning of season we were aiming for a top five finish - now to be in a position to challenge for the title is a surprising honour but thoroughly deserved. We have really made an effort to create a strong squad with a lot of depth that can produce good performances week in week out. Regardless of whether we win the league, we will still have had the most successful season in our history with our highest points total and the girls and coaches should be extremely proud of themselves - especially as we only train once!

 
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