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Blackburn Rovers have made an excellent start to the season in the Northern Division, their 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday giving them a lead of five points at the top of the table.
We talked to Blackburn winger Emma Rankin, who joined the club during the summer, and she feels that the team is capable of building on their good start and mounting a serious challenge for the title:
WSS: Did the win over Nottingham Forest complete something of a perfect week for you with three victories?
ER: Of course! Coming away with nine points from three games in the space of a week was a huge achievement for us. However, it is important that this perfect week is the catalyst to move forward and continue with this success.
WSS: How important was it to build on the win against Fylde during the week when you played Forest?
ER: Our game against Fylde in midweek was one of our toughest challenges so far. We were all ecstatic with the result against but we knew how important it was to win our game on Sunday against Nottingham so our hard work on Wednesday did not go to waste.
WSS: After finishing third last season, was anything different done during the summer to try and go those extra places higher this time?
ER: I am unable to compare this pre-season to last but over the summer, we followed a challenging pre-season schedule which was tailored to our needs.
WSS: Saffron Jordan and Faye McCoy have been in great goalscoring form this season but is your defensive record so far a big boost?
ER: It's brilliant to have attackers on exceptional form but as well as scoring goals, we are now becoming increasingly difficult to break down defensively.
WSS: Now the focus over the next two weeks is on the County Cup and League Cup, are those two competitions that the club is also targeting to try and win?
ER: These are certainly in our targets as a club. We will be hoping to win the county cup for the third year in a row and winning the league cup is also something myself and the girls are determined to win.
WSS: Five points clear at the top with a third of the season played, how big is the belief that the club can go all the way in the title race?
ER: We all believe this is in our capabilities and are striving to achieve the top spot. However we will not get ahead of ourselves. We are very pleased with our start to the season and will continue to build on this. It's a long season; we play our football each week and focus on the game in hand. The atmosphere is extremely positive, we are working exceptionally well as a team and each and every player battles for one another week in and week out.
WSS: The Northern Division table is traditionally a close one, which teams do you think will be your main challengers?
ER: There's been lots of talk about Fylde being our main challengers; however we have now shown we can beat them and need to make sure we do so again when they visit Bamber Bridge. We are yet to play Middlesbrough and Derby who too have had a reasonable start to the season.
Our thanks to Emma!
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