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Charlton Athletic stepped up their Southern Division title challenge on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over West Ham Utd, which takes them into second place in the table.
We talked to Charlton defender Rosey Sullivan, who admitted that the win on West Ham was a vitally important one and is looking forward to this week's SSE Women's FA Cup tie against Sheffield FC:
WSS: How important was the victory on Sunday in terms of your title challenge?
RS: The victory on Sunday was very important as it moved us back up to second and keeps us in the title race. The back-to-back 5-0 wins gives us momentum that we can take forward into Sunday's game against Sheffield.
WSS: It had been a six week wait since your last league game against Cardiff City, how frustrating a wait has it been during that time?
RS: It was very frustrating not to play as we were continuously training hard in preparation for each game, and we wanted to rectify our mistakes from the Cardiff game straight away.
WSS: How big a boost was it to see Gemma Shepherd back on the pitch following her injury?
RS: It was great having Gemma back, she works really well with Kit [Graham] and works really hard on the pitch. She's done amazing to get back so quickly and so strongly. It's great seeing her and Kit's partnership back together. Big things are going to happen this year.
WSS: This week it's another break from the league but a big FA Cup tie against Sheffield FC, how much are the team looking forward to taking on a WSL2 side?
RS: To be honest, we take each team and game as it comes. We never underestimate any team and go out each Sunday to win every game. We know this Sunday is going to be a big challenge but we are preparing well for it and hopefully we will get the win.
WSS: After having played the last round at The Valley, are you expecting another big occasion this Sunday?
RS: Well, hopefully they will bring a big crowd with them as they are a WSL2 side, which will help increase the atmosphere within the stadium. We are hoping as it's the FA Cup, there will be more interest too.
WSS: How big is the belief amongst the squad that you can get to the top of what is a very close title race?
RS: Anything can happen. We are just going to try our best to keep pushing for wins and clean sheets. Hopefully some of the top four teams will drop points, so that will help us out. There's a lot of top of the table clashes to be played yet, so anything could happen!
WSS: Charlton are a big name in women's football and have gone so close to the title in recent seasons, just how big is the potential of this club?
RS: It's massive, and since Riteesh [Mishra] took over as head coach, the morale and spirit has increased so much within the club. We have set new standards and know what is expected of us for every session and match day. I think if we keep pushing ourselves and using the potential and talent that we have in this team, we can hopefully push this club into the standard that they deserve. The men's team have a new manager too, Karl Robinson, and he's got the whole club buzzing. When we go into the Charlton training ground, we really feel part of the club and Karl came to our recent game at the Valley which meant a lot to us. Charlton are showing us great support and there's more in the pipeline, so watch this space!
Our thanks to Rosey!
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