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Newcastle United have got off to a fantastic start in the Northern Division in the opening weeks of the new season, following up a 6-1 win over Nuneaton Town with a 2-1 success against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
We talked to Newcastle defender Alisha Smith, who praised the team for their performance in beating Blackburn whilst remaining quietly confident for the weeks ahead:
WSS: Well done on a great result on Sunday, how good a win do you think it was against a side like Blackburn?
AS: Taking three points from a physical side like Blackburn was huge, continuing our winning streak from pre-season into our first two league games. It showed commitment and determination from the whole squad to dig in for the full 90 minutes and grab the win.
WSS: Do you think it was particularly important to follow up the opening day win with another good result?
AS: It's very important, every win breeds confidence and that takes a massive role within the game. Starting off with two wins gives the whole team and staff confidence in what we are achieving and what we want to achieve this season.
WSS: What do you think has been the main reason for the team's upsurge in form so far?
AS: I think every aspect of the game has been vitally important in our wins and continuous performances so far, but the commitment and effort by everyone involved in the club has made us improve individually and as a whole team. Taking everything we work on during training, on the pitch and off the pitch, into our games has also been a main reason our form has started off on a high, we have taken coaching points on board.
WSS: How confident are you that you can keep this good start going?
AS: We need to take every game as it comes, it is quite early in the season but if we keep progressing like we have been doing, I don't see why we shouldn't have a successful season and I am quite confident that we can continue with our good performances and keep them going throughout the season.
WSS: This week you have a tough cup tie against Bradford City, do you see this as another good test for the team's progress?
AS: Yes, I see the cup game against Bradford as a tough game, but with our performances throughout pre-season and our opening games, I don't see why we can't get the result we are wanting to get. It will be a great test for the club and yes, it will be a difficult game, but the teams' confidence is high.
WSS: With Sheffield and Coventry no longer there, can you see the Northern Division being a really tight one this season?
AS: The league will always be a tight division as you don't know how teams are progressing. With the publicity of women's football becoming huge, there are more players getting involved in the game.
WSS: The top teams in the North East are all doing well, is women's football thriving in the area right now?
AS: Yes, football in the area is growing massively since the Women's World Cup, and more girls are wanting to get involved within the game and show it's not just a man's sport. The publicity of women's football is only going up. This has been shown throughout the Women's Super League with crowds of nearly 1,000 going to watch women play in competitive leagues.
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