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We talk to...Amber Stobbs (West Ham United)
 Women's Football WPL South News - 11 Mar 2018
West Ham United have reached their first major Final after beating Hull City 3-0 in the semi finals of the Premier League Plate last Sunday.
We talked to Hammers captain Amber Stobbs who, whilst delighted the result against Hull, told us of the team's determination of going all the way and lifting the trophy:
WSS: Many congratulations on reaching the Plate Final, how does it feel to have helped the club reach its first national Final?
AS: Thank you! It feels great to be in a Final, I think it reflects where we are as a team at this moment in time. We're working hard as a group and have had some great performances, getting to the final proves that. It feels great to help the club to its first national final, I came here to be part of the West Ham Ladies story and it feels amazing.
WSS: Hull are riding high in their division and indeed are unbeaten in the league this season, how good a display was it from the team on the day?
AS: It wasn't our best performance, but the positive is we got the good result. The first half was not good enough but we knew that and at half time we regrouped after some tactical changes from Karen [Ray]. It definitely showed in the second half as we moved the ball better and scored three good goals with an improved performance.
WSS: As well as tough opponents, you also had to travel north after the weather over the past week, it the result an even more pleasing one when taking that into account?
AS: After a frustrating week of not training we had to travel a fair distance, but it did make the win even more pleasing. It was a great overnight stay, we had loads of fun and got some quality team time in. I feel the girls are really focused and all on the same page so it was a solid weekend and a must win.
WSS: This takes your unbeaten run to six games and you have scored 22 times in the last five, were there many alterations made to the way the team played or is it just an upsurge in confidence?
AS: I think confidence has played a big part of our unbeaten run and 22 goals in 5 games, we've had a great start to 2018 and everyone can feel the buzz. Karen has instilled a winning mentality into us all and the training environment is highly competitive, she has been a fantastic appointment. Everything's great when you're winning, but we know there's no time to sit back because we can't stop working hard!
WSS: This week you take on Chichester City who ironically beat you in the League Cup earlier in the season and are now one place above you, what kind of game are you expecting against them?
AS: We're expecting a tough game and I'm sure both teams have changed since we last played. They are a physical team and have done really well since joining the league. We're excited for it and after a solid week of training we can't wait to get back on the pitch.
WSS: The other semi final between Luton and Fylde was postponed and they will hopefully play this week, presumably you won't mind which one you come up against in the final?
AS: Yes, I know they're playing this weekend but at the moment we are focusing on one game and a time. We will keep working hard and focusing on our aims, the cup final will be a big day for us and we'll be ready to play either team because the staff do a great job at preparing us for games. The attention to detail really aids in our recent performances.
WSS: How much would it mean though to West Ham if you were able to lift your first major trophy this season?
AS: It would mean so much to all our staff and players to win our first major trophy! A lot of hard work has been put in on and off the pitch and to win a trophy as a team is one of the best feelings, we all believe no one deserves this more than Karen. Nothing like a bit of silverware to celebrate your achievements and say thank you!
Our thanks to Amber!

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