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We talk to...Rebecca Sargent (AFC Wimbledon)
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South East News - 17 Mar 2017
WPL Division 1 South East News - We talk to...Rebecca Sargent (AFC Wimbledon) - 17 Mar 2017 - Women's Football NewsAFC Wimbledon are having a fine first season back in the Premier League and have been amongst the leading sides in South East Division One since the start, keeping their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons on Sunday.
We talked to Wimbledon midfielder and winning goalscorer Rebecca Sargent, who was delighted with the result but is not setting her sights any further than this Sunday's match against Actonians:
WSS: How important a win was the one on Sunday in the context of your season?
RS: They were top before the game, and to put it simply, we wanted the points. We also wanted the bragging rights from beating them twice this year, and we've done that. Sunday's result keeps us on track for where we want to finish the season.
WSS: Games between AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons are of great significance in the men's game, is it the same when the women play each other?
RS: The game has a bit more spice because of the history between the two clubs. But as with any game that has a bit of extra meaning, you have to play the game and not the occasion, and I think we did that extremely well.
WSS: Did you always feel confident during the later stages of the game that you would hold on and win?
RS: Yes, I thought once we got in front, we settled down and controlled the game. They had to open up and come at us, so we had to sure of the right times to try for a second. We didn't get another goal but we did control the possession well, and we finished the game out very intelligently.
WSS: This week you make the short trip to play Actonians, what sort of game are you expecting?
RS: Another tricky one. They've been in this league a season more than us, so they have the added advantage of being used to the tempo of higher leagues. They've consolidated their league position well since going up, and have the home advantage. If we get anything on Sunday it'll be because we've earned it.
WSS: Do you think that you still have a chance of winning the league?
RS: This is our first season in this league, and our target was to finish in the top five. We're well on course for that, but if we can improve on that we will. All we can do is approach one game at a time, pick up as many points as we can, and let the league table sort itself out at the end of the season.
WSS: Whatever happens, have things gone better than you expected on your return to the Premier League?
RS: In context of where we want to finish, I think things have gone as expected. We added to the squad this year, and we're all constantly pushing each other for places. I think that helps us improve as a team, and improve on our season's target.
WSS: How confident are you that the club can maintain its recent progress over the next few seasons?
RS: Everyone behind the scenes, the coaching staff and the club, look after us very well. I think when you're getting that level of backing, you want to give something back. I'm fitter and stronger than I was last year, and I know have to be at my best to support my team mates each week. We're all constantly giving Chris (our Manager) a very good problem of who he selects each week. So when you add that to the support we get, we're all doing what we can to progress this club. We all have our eyes on the Southern Premier League, and whether we get there in two or three seasons, we're all confident we will get there.
Our thanks to Rebecca!

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