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Norwich City completed a great escape this week as victories over Lowestoft Town and Luton Town ensured that they will finish outside of the bottom two in South East Division One.
We talked to Norwich goalkeeper Fiona Coombes, who admitted that things have been tough over recent weeks but is confident of better times ahead for the Norfolk club:
WSS: Well done on staying up this season, how tough has it been over the last few weeks for the team?
FC: Thank you, the past few weeks have been extremely tough for the ladies, mentally and physically. We knew what we had to do to stay up, but the results continued to go against us. It has been hard to pick ourselves up and go again, especially with the added pressure for us to get points.
WSS: With three wins in the last four matches, did the team do anything differently over those games?
FC: Scott Emmerson played a big part tactically in how we approached our final games, he changed our formation and gave clear instructions of how he wanted us to play. All of player's mind sets changed with so much riding on the final games. Every player played with so much passion, determination and grit along with pride of playing for Norwich City.
WSS: How determined were the team going to into a tough last game against a Luton side which has been in good form?
FC: Luton have always been a tough opposition and we knew they would give us a hard game, considering it was the second time they had travelled to us this season due to the first one being abandoned after 70 minutes. It was a must win for us as we needed three points to overtake Stevenage, we felt the pressure as soon as we picked up three points against Lowestoft in midweek. It was a great atmosphere as soon as we turned up to Plantation Park on Sunday, there were a lot of fans there which helped fuel our adrenaline for the game, we wanted to give them a great game to watch.
WSS: Was it nerve wracking when you were 2-1 up or were you always confident of holding on?
FC: I always get very nervous for every game I play in, and I've never felt nerves like it when we took the lead early in the second half. However, by that point in the game we were on top and playing some brilliant football, we continued to look dangerous going forward and had opportunities to extend the lead. Luton didn't settle though and changed their formation to three up top, which caused problems when they started an attack, however everyone dug deep and worked for each other to break up play. We were excellent all over the pitch, everyone knew how important it was to hold on.
WSS: You have had to play ten matches since the start of April, how difficult has it been catching up so many games?
FC: This is a typical season for us, unfortunately our pitch is known for not dealing particularly well with heavy rain downfall so we expected to be playing catch up. It worked in our favour in the end as we knew what results we had to get to stay up.
WSS: How confident are you that the team can build on this and do better next time around?
FC: I am really optimistic for next season, we have a lot of talented players who will be staying at the club and a few who will be coming back to play for us following finishing their degree. I am looking forward to pre-season already, hopefully seeing some new and old faces ready to rebuild for next year.
WSS: Just how important is it for Norwich City to keep their Premier League status?
FC: Norwich have been in this league for many seasons now, it's important for us to continue to be the highest level of football women can access within Norfolk and to give players the opportunity to play in the most competitive environment possible. We are also very grateful for the support we receive from Norwich City Football Club.
Our thanks to Fiona!
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