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Derby County have finished the season in excellent form after briefly flirting with the relegation zone a few months ago.
On Sunday they moved into a mid-table position with a fine 2-1 victory over third placed Blackburn Rovers, their third successive home win.
We talked to Derby captain Sam Griffiths who explained the reasons behind the team's rise in form and confidence and admitted that she is already looking forward to next season:
Well done on a good win against Blackburn, do you think that is the team's best result in the league this season?
It was a good result for us at the weekend, not necessarily the best result in the league as there have been other more crucial games where we have picked up points. It's important for us that we finish with as many points as possible and finish the season off on a positive.
Do you feel that the win was a deserved one for your side?
We had good spells in the game where we dominated the ball and the possession, it was a close game and could have swung either way, Blackburn are a good side and have some very talented youngsters so we were very happy with the win.
That makes it five wins in seven games, with only the top two having beaten you in that time, what do you feel has been behind the team's upsurge in form?
Obviously we have had a change in manager and also a change in formation which has been a very attacking and positive one. With the new formation, we were always confident if we could score goals we will win games.
As you mentioned, you also had to deal with a change of manager during the season, did it take the team a while to adjust?
The team adjusted well, we have had a few managers in the past two seasons and you always have to trust new managers who come in with new ideas and play people in different positions - but that's why we all play and love the game as it is a game of opinions. We were in a huge relegation fight when the new manager took over so fair play to him for getting us out of it, it's nice now to go into the last game being relaxed and enjoy playing football.
You have no game this week but finish up at home to Huddersfield Town, presumably you will be going all out to end on a winning note?
Yes it's really important for us we win the last game of the season, we have progressed so much and to finish the season off with a win would be great. It's important we still go about it the right way and stick to our game plan, just because it's the last game of the season we don't need to change anything. We had a very disappointing result against them earlier in the season which we need to put right.
Overall, how do you feel that the season has gone for the club?
To sum it up, it has been a rollercoaster!! Lots of highs and lows, disappointments, challenges, but also some good times. We had a good start to the season and then got hit with injuries which set us back hugely, but I'm confident in saying we have finished the season on a high.
Given the way the team has finished the season, are you confident that you can make more of a challenge next time?
I'm 100% sure we can challenge for the league next season, if the management team remains in charge we have every chance. We need to keep key players and possibly add a few but the key for me is to find consistency, and still get results if we play poorly, that will be the key to winning the league.
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