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Coventry United stepped up their Southern Division title challenge on Sunday with a victory over Plymouth Argyle which lifts them into third place.
We talked to Coventry goalkeeper Sue Wood, who insisted that her team will be pushing hard for the league in the remainder of the season, whilst also anticipating a good Cup tie against C & K Basildon this week:
WSS: Well done on the win on Sunday, was it as well as the team has played this season?
SW: It was great to score so many goals and create the number of chances we did. The girls were encouraged to move the ball quickly and play with freedom in the final third and it paid off with some quality team goals. Throughout the season you always need different kind of performances for different games. The gritty 1-0 is just as important. The 3-2 comeback win is just as important. We need to continue to deliver on the pitch.
WSS: This result takes you up to third place, how big is the belief that you can make up the ground on Brighton?
SW: This squad has great belief in each other. We've got points to make up but we've done that before in the 2013-14 season. There are a number of good teams in this league and we are one of them. Every game is important for us now, but the pressure is on the other teams above us to hold on to their position because we won't be giving up.
WSS: Ashleigh Neville and Helen Dermody had particularly good days in front of goal against Plymouth, how pleasing it is that the team has been scoring so many recently?
SW: Ash and H are both quality players, who work hard for the team and it was great to see them score 4 goals and 3 goals respectively. We've got goal threats right across the pitch so I'm sure there will be some competition for top goalscorer this year. We work hard as a team to make sure we don't concede too many goals at the other end too.
WSS: This week you go to C & K Basildon in the FA Cup. Both of your meetings this season have been close, are you expecting the same again?
SW: We played C & K Basildon a couple of times already so we are expecting a tough and physical battle. They are organised and difficult to break down so it's a good job we've got our shooting boots polished and ready to go. We'll have to be at our best to win but I'm sure it will be a great game.
WSS: After going close to winning the league last season, is there an extra determination to go one better this time around?
SW: Last season has been and gone. If we'd won the league last season we'd have been just as determined to go out and win the league again this season. We go into each game to win. We go into each season to win and we give our collective best to do so.
WSS: You still have to play nearly all of the other teams around you, do you see those games as the most important ones in your title challenge?
SW: The games at the top of the league are of course important and big games for the title challenge. We're looking forward to facing Brighton and Cardiff again and we've got two matches still against Charlton. But a win against the teams at the top means nothing if we drop points in other matches, so we've got to remain focused for all of our games.
WSS: You also have a League Plate quarter final coming up, what would it mean to the club if you were able to win silverware this season?
SW: Ironically, it was C & K Basildon who knocked us out of the League Cup into the Plate. The result was disappointing but the best way to overturn that disappointment would be to win the silverware. We're competing in the County Cup as well and will be looking to get our hands on that trophy too.
Our thanks to Sue!
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