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Charlton Athletic are the last remaining Premier League team in the SSE Women's FA Cup after their 3-1 win away to Cardiff City Ladies on Sunday and they will take on Arsenal in the quarter finals.
We talked to highly rated Charlton striker Kit Graham who, whilst delighted with the Cardiff result and scoring two goals in the victory, insisted that the league and their efforts to win the Southern Division still remains their main priority:
WSS: Well done on your win against Cardiff, how does that feel to be through to the quarter finals?
KG: It feels great! After a long weekend staying up there and coming down we had one job to do, and we did it. We killed the game off in the first half and that came from our work rate. It was a good feeling to go home to.
WSS: You scored two goals in the win including one really good solo strike, as a striker you must be pleased with that?
KG: Definitely, there's a lot of pressure on forwards, I think, to do that. If it's an assist or a goal I don't mind, but it was good to get two.
WSS: The draw for the quarter finals has landed you with an away tie against Arsenal. What is your reaction to the draw and the prospect of taking on one of the best teams in the country on such a big occasion?
KG: We're all excited. It's a great opportunity for us to go and test ourselves against a top WSL team. We realise it's going to be hard work but that's what it's all about, it's about working hard for each other and seeing what we can get out of the game.
WSS: How important was it to get back on the winning trail after narrowly losing to Lewes after extra time in the League Cup the week before?
KG: It was very important. We've played a lot of cup games in recent weeks and I think our legs were heavy last week. We regrouped during the week and worked hard in training and came into the Cardiff game feeling a lot brighter that we did against Lewes.
WSS: When you do get back to playing league games again, is this the kind of result to build up your momentum in what is looking to be a close title race?
KG: It's been a while! But our main focus is definitely the league, so we'll make sure we concentrate hard when we get back to it.
WSS: You have built up a great partnership with Charlotte Gurr since she arrived at the club this season and the two of you scored three more goals in the win at Cardiff. What is it like to be playing alongside her?
KG: Charlotte is a great player and she has definitely made a huge difference to the club with her work rate her ability and technique, which is second to none. It's good to get involved with that kind of player and I am glad she came to us.
WSS: How important is it for a club like Charlton, with their tradition and past in women's football to get into the Super League, having come so close to doing so over the last few seasons?
KG: It's very important, like I say, that is our main aim for this year. We're going to try and smash the league the best we can, because we've lost a few points that we shouldn't have.
Our thanks to Kit!
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