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Not looking too far ahead - Lynda
 Women's Football News 18 Dec 2015
Not looking too far ahead - Lynda - 18 Dec 2015 - Women's Football NewsBlackburn Rovers midfielder Lynda Shepherd says that her team are not looking too far ahead in the Northern Division title race, which is getting closer by the week. 
On Sunday, Blackburn won 2-0 away to Loughborough Foxes to move themselves into third place in the table, level with Stoke City and a single point behind leaders Nottingham Forest.
"I know the team was very happy with the three points on Sunday," Lynda told Women's Soccer Scene. "We performed really well as a team, with and without the ball.
"I thought it was one of our best performances of the season so far. You could see how confident the girls were in the way we passed the ball, we worked hard as a group to keep a clean sheet, and congratulations to Ainsley Strickland for her first goal for the first team."
A good run of wins has taken Blackburn right into the heat of the title race but Lynda is remaining quite happy for them to remain under the radar.
"We don't like talking about winning the league, especially myself," she insisted. "I think as a group, we are not looking too far ahead, we just want to win the next game and that's our main focus at the minute.
"We're taking it game by game and not getting carried away. In the past few weeks, the confidence in the team has grown and we have a few players coming back from injury which will put us in good stead as a group for the new year."
Only five points now cover the top six teams in the table and Lynda is certain it will remain as close for the rest of the season. "Yes definitely," she replies. "There are a lot of teams that are doing well this year - the likes of ourselves, Stoke, Forest and Derby, and now Preston have put a run together.
"The league is strong and there a few teams looking to finish in that top spot. I think the top four teams have all had a stage where they were top and have then slipped up. So I think in the second half of the season, the team that is the most consistent will win the league." 
This Sunday, Blackburn are set to come up against one their closest rivals when they travel to play second placed Stoke City.
"I think it is a big game, purely because we haven't played them yet this season," says Lynda. "They are second and we are third so I think both teams will see this as a important game.
"There has been a lot of talk about both teams winning the league but I think as players, we just want to get out on the pitch and let our football do the talking. On a personal not my best mate plays for Stoke so I'll definitely want to get one over on her!"

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