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Sunday was a red letter day for Swindon Town as they broke their winless run, which had stretched back to November 2016, with a 2-1 victory over Poole Town.
We talked to Swindon striker Abby Picton, who scored the winning goal on the day. She credited the arrival of manager Dan Jones as a big part in the team's reversal of fortunes and insisted there is more to come from the Wiltshire side this season:
WSS: Congratulations on the win on Sunday, what is it like for the team to get that winning feeling again?
AP: Thank you! It's always great to win but especially this weekend. The win was fantastic for the whole squad. When you go a while without winning it can be hard to change the mindset of a squad but the girls this season have been fantastic and Dan has been a breath of fresh air! All the girls are buying in to his approach and it's great to be a part of.
WSS: Was it nervy during the last few minutes of the game or did you always feel comfortable?
AP: Having come off with ten minutes go, I was in a strange situation just hoping the girls would hold on to it! I was more than happy at 2-0 up but I would be lying if I said the doubts didn't creep in after their goal!
WSS: A number of new signings were made by the club during the summer, do you feel that the team is gelling now?
AP: We have a completely new team to last season so it was always going to take time, on top of a new playing style and way of thinking. But the girls are really buying in to the approach and the hard work in training is paying off. We have a good mix of older and younger players which is really beneficial on and off the pitch.
WSS: After last season turned out to be something of a nightmare results wise, did it feel like a fresh beginning when you started this season?
AP: Absolutely. Personally I didn't play a lot last season and spent eight months in the treatment room with a slipped disc so for me, it has been a fresh start and getting back to doing something I love. But I also know the other girls were eager for the season to start after a positive pre-season with Dan and the new coaching staff! It still surprises me in a good way how much the mentality and atmosphere in the dressing room has changed!
WSS: This week you have two tough games coming up against Cheltenham and Southampton, who have started the season well, but will the team now be approaching the matches full of confidence?
AP: We know both teams well and will go in to the games with great respect for both. However that doesn't mean we fear them. We know on our day we can beat anyone in the league and after our performance on Sunday we are collectively full of confidence!
WSS: What do you think is a realistic aim for Swindon this season?
AP: Personally I would be happy with a top three finish but with the quality we have in the squad and ambition of the coaching staff who knows what could happen! We won't be pushed over easily and will only get better as the games go on!
WSS: The division is shaping up to be a stronger one this season, who are you expecting to be the main challengers?
AP: I think everyone can take points from each other this year and like I've already said we will respect all the teams we play. However we can only control what we do when we cross the white lines and it's something we have been working on to take responsibility of our own performances! I expect Keynsham to be strong and Cheltenham have made a fantastic start - both teams have some talented players who I know well!
Our thanks to Abby! (This interview took place before Swindon's midweek game with Cheltenham)
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