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Sheffield United are having a fantastic first season in the FA Women's Premier League following promotion and their 2-1 win over Radcliffe Olympic on Sunday stretched their unbeaten run in the league to 14 games and put them firmly in the Midlands Division One title race.
We talked to United defender Evie Robinson who praised the team's resilience in coming from behind to beat one of their fellow high fliers in the table and insisted that the future is very bright at the club:
WSS: That was a great result for your team on Sunday, how tough a game was it against a team that was in good form?
ER: It was a tough game for the team and Radcliffe put up a good fight throughout to battle for second place in the league. It felt as though we were stuck in second gear during the first half but the girls persevered and stepped it up in the second half showing our good form. It was a hard game to watch from the bench injured.
WSS: It was the best possible time to score a winning goal though, with Sophie Bell keeping her cool from the penalty spot. How good a feeling was it when her kick hit the back of the net?
ER: It was a great feeling with a massive sigh of relief from everyone. Sophie was very composed and handled the pressure very well!
WSS: Just how resilient did the team have to be after going a goal behind in the first half?
ER: It is easy to put your head down when you are in a losing position, especially when it is a frustrating and tough game. Nevertheless, the girls did a good job at pulling together in the second half, showing our resilience and how we work well as a team.
WSS: That result takes you up to second place in the table, and fourteen league games unbeaten, are the team doing better than you would have anticipated at the start of the season?
ER: I think we entered the season a little into the unknown as we were into a new league and had new players in the squad, myself being one of them. With this in mind, from the start of pre-season training, the whole team had the same goal to win the league and we have pushed together to try and achieve this.
WSS: Your manager Carla Ward has achieved a lot in the game during her playing career, has it been a big boost to the team to have someone of her experience in charge?
ER: Wardy's experience with coaching and as a player in women's football has been a great asset to helping our team grow stronger. She is passionate about helping players improve and the club progressing.
WSS: This week you take on Long Eaton United, who you have not played so far, what kind of game are you expecting against them?
ER: Although Long Eaton are lower in the league than us, we try not to go into any games with set expectations of teams. We will approach the game with a winning mindset and hopefully play our game.
WSS: You are in what is starting to look like a three horse race for the title and still have to play TNS and Loughborough before the end of the season, is the belief growing that you can still win the league?
ER: We are in good form and winning ways, so I think we can be confident.
WSS: Sheffield United have made great progress in the last few years and you have adapted well to a new league this season, just how far do you believe that the club can potentially go?
ER: Hopefully with growing support, the club can continue to progress onwards and upwards. Progressing to Super League level would be great and help to promote SUFC and women's football in Sheffield.
Our thanks to Evie!
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