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Ipswich Town produced one of the best results, if not the result of the round, in beating Southern Division side C & K Basildon 1-0 in the Premier League Cup on Sunday with a goal from Zoe Cossey.
We talked to Ipswich captain Amanda Crump who was pleased with both the result and performance on the day from her team, and she is looking forward to the next round and the challenge of keeping the team's good run of form going:
WSS: Well done on a good win against C & K Basildon on Sunday, how does it feel to have knocked out a team from the league above?
AC: It was a great feeling to beat a team in the league above, we played well despite the difficult weather conditions. The team put up a good battle and we held our own against a challenging opposition.
WSS: How was it for you after Zoe Cossey scored your goal, did you always feel confident you would hold on to your lead?
AC: After Zoe scored late on, as a team we needed to manage the game to see out the win. Basildon did pile on the pressure for the last ten minutes but fortunately we stayed composed and defended well.
WSS: Presumably you are now hoping for another home draw in the next round?
AC: Obviously having the home advantage would be great, but we look forward to playing whoever we are drawn against next. We are realistic and realise there are still a lot of good sides in the competition and it will again be a good test for us.
WSS: That makes it five wins in a row in all competitions for Ipswich, surely the team must be bursting with confidence right now?
AC: In October we've played five, won five, scored 26 and conceded just two so I would say confidence is high going forward and hopefully we can maintain this. It's also nice to see that there is a variety of different goalscorers contributing to our tally.
WSS: Is it a little frustrating then that there is no game this week, before you get back into action with a trip to Actonians next Sunday?
AC: It's a little frustrating because it would have been nice to keep the momentum going, but also a well deserved rest is needed for those who picked up slight injuries over the last few months to be well rested for the Actonians game next week.
WSS: Ipswich have done really well so far this season and are well placed in the league, has much been changed with the team since the end of last season?
AC: I can't really comment on last season as I missed the whole campaign due to having a baby, but from winning games and starting the season well, it has given the team a real confidence boost and a belief that we can compete at a high standard, which will hopefully contribute to a successful season.
WSS: Is there a real belief at the club that you can challenge for the league this season?
AC: I will never say never! It would be nice, but we will take it one game at a time.
Our thanks to Amanda!
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