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Leicester City Women came from behind to win 2-1 against Bradford City on Sunday to reach the last 32 of the SSE Women's FA Cup and will travel to Plymouth Argyle in the next round.
We talked to Leicester goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke, who praised her team for the win over Bradford and looked forward to the forthcoming trip to Plymouth, as well as setting her sights on their title challenge in the Northern Division for the remainder of the season:
WSS: Well done on reaching the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, how well did the team play to come from behind and win?
CC: I think that we did well to come from a goal behind and go on to win the game, we played better in the second half after having talked amongst each other and inspire ourselves to play for each other.
WSS: A great winning goal in injury time from Leigh Dugmore too, she couldn't have timed the goal any better?
CC: A goal was coming but it was just a matter of when. It was perfect timing to get the goal after working so hard in the second half, but at the end of the day it came as no surprise that Leigh scored because it's something she works on in training all of the time, and time and time again, her hard work pays off with help from the team of course.
WSS: The draw for the Fourth Round has handed you a long trip to Plymouth Argyle who had a good win themselves against Fylde, what sort of game do you expect there?
CC: With a long trip ahead of us, we need to work just as hard as we have been doing in the past few games and not become complacent and make sure that everyone is on top of their game. I think it will be a game that will be full of action, because after defeating Fylde they will be on a high and will give it their all.
WSS: Overall, you're second in the league and still in two cups, are things going as well as you hoped at the start of the season?
CC: I believe that the season has been a success so far; the response since the Stoke defeat has defined our character and galvanised us as a team. Obviously, it's a tremendous feeling still being in two cups and if we keep working hard, then we've got a high possibility of winning at least one cup. However, we can't become complacent, we must continue to develop as a team to get the most out of the second half of the season to achieve our goal of winning the league.
WSS: This week you travel to Huddersfield, who you narrowly beat earlier in the week, do you anticipate another close game?
CC: I believe that it will be a close game, obviously as their goal is also to win the league and go on to play in the Super League like ours. They are only one place underneath us and they won't back out of anything. I think we will need to keep our composure and play like we have been doing and the hard work will pay off.
WSS: Every game is important of course but at the end of the month, you take on leaders Middlesbrough, do you see that as a key match in any title challenge?
CC: Of course it's a key match in any title challenge, however I believe every game should be treated the same and there shouldn't be any emphasis put on any particular game as we should go out to win every game, whether that be a team at the top or the bottom.
WSS: Are you confident that you can stay in the title chase until the end of the season?
CC: I think that if we want it enough and keep working hard, we will be a part of the title race up until the final game of the season and hopefully go on to win the league.
WSS: Although Middlesbrough have a six point lead at the moment, a number of teams can get up amongst them with a good run of form, can you see the title race being a close one this year?
CC: At this point in the season I think anything can happen, with them only being six points in front, I think that they shouldn't sit back thinking that they can run away with the title because this year the league is so unpredictable, so yes, I do believe that the title race will be a close one this year.
Our thanks to Charlotte!
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