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Copsewood (Coventry) gave their Southern Division title hopes a huge boost with a 1-0 victory over Queen's Park Rangers on Sunday.
We talked to Copsewood goalscorer Sarah Rowles, who praised the efforts of her team mates in beating Rangers and spoke of their increased belief that they can still avoid relegation in their first ever season at this level:
Is it possible to put into words, just how big a win it was against QPR on Sunday?
It was a massive win for us on Sunday and it really felt like it but realistically it's only one more step towards our target of staying up and there's still a few more hurdles to overcome.
Was it nerve wracking during the second half as you were holding onto a 1-0 lead or were you always confident?
It's always hard work mentally and physically to maintain a 1-0 lead. Ideally there would have been more than a one-goal gap but our fight and determination got us through and it was great to see that passion from the girls on Sunday.
How big a difference did it make to have a near fully fit squad for the QPR game?
Having a near fully fit squad was almost a first for the season! We've been very unfortunate with injuries this season; in a number of games having eight players out. To have a fully fit first eleven makes a huge difference, demonstrated by the result and it proves what we can do on our day.
This week you are at home to Keynsham Town in a six pointer', is this one of the club's biggest ever games?
Keynsham is another cup final for us this week and as a team they mustn't be underestimated as their form has improved. We know the importance of the game and I am hoping our girls attack it with the same attitude as last week because I certainly will! I expect it is one of the club's biggest games but this whole season has made history for Copsewood, so we should be proud of what we've achieved. Hitting our target this season will just be the icing on the cake.
How big is the belief that you can stay up now?
The belief is there because as a team, we are more than capable of holding our own in this league as has been commented by other managers and players this season. It's in our own hands and as long as we dig deep, have that fighting attitude (and avoid any more injuries!)...then I think we have a chance!
Has the step up to Southern Division football been tougher than everyone expected?
This is the first season Copsewood have ever been in the Premier League so it was always going to be a challenge. Not just the quality of the football but also the travelling and the commitment. It is a big step up but we've proved that we can compete at this level alongside the "big guns" and it just shows that you don't need to be a household name to have the quality to play in the Premier League.
If you can stay up, do you feel it would be an even bigger achievement than winning the league last year?
I don't know if it will feel like an even bigger achievement but there will certainly be a lot of celebration! Last year was such an excellent season, getting promoted to the Premier League and reaching twp cup finals as well as the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, so it would be hard to beat. This has been a tough and testing season but to come out the other end having fought to keep our place will be a tremendous feeling.
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