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West Bromwich Albion have been in excellent form in the Northern Premier Division in recent weeks, which was maintained on Sunday with a stunning 8-0 victory over Middlesbrough which has taken them into fifth place.
We talked to West Brom stiker Jade Arber, who scored four times in the Middlesbrough victory and has been in outstanding form since joining the club in the summer. She admitted that she has been enjoying every minute at the ckub since arriving but is not setting her sights too high at the moment, preferring to take things one step at a time:
WSS: What a stunning win by you on Sunday against a very established club at this level, was that as good a performance that the team has given whilst you have been there?
JA: I think it was a very good performance by the team in every aspect from scoring and pressing to defending, obviously very early on we had to make a change to our goalkeeper which I think we handled very well as a team and worked together to protect the outfield player who stepped up, obviously we scored eight goals which we've been working towards and It was an all round impressive performance.
WSS: Is it fair to say that it took a couple of games for the team to find their feet after promotion, and how significant a result was the win at Stoke?
JA: Unfortunately I wasn't with the team when they got promoted but what I saw from last season when we played them, they had a very good set up with management and the team in general. Having new players in the system and being new myself, I personally think that we have gelled really well as a team. It's a big step going from a league below to a league above, changing game styles and knowing the teams we're going to come up against. The Stoke game was a massive win for us and I think we've proved we're one of the teams that are going to be fighting for top places and are capable of getting the results we want.
WSS: How much have you been enjoying it at the club since you joined?
JA: I love the club, I like the ambitions of the club and of the girls, they thrive to always want to do better as a team and individually, the girls are great and were very welcoming when I joined at the beginning of the season. The training is structured and everyone works hard on and off the pitch.
WSS: The Middlesbrough game also saw you keep your third straight clean sheet in the league, that must give you great satisfaction as well?
JA: Oh yeah, massive amounts of satisfaction, especially when they started the season very well! It was even better to go out and score a massive eight goals past such an established team!
WSS: This week you make the trip to Sheffield FC, what kind of game are you expecting there?
JA: Sheffield have not started the season well, however I don't feel you can underestimate the capability of a team that are determined and we will all be going into that game thinking that this is going to be a challenge and we will work to keep our winning streak in tact along with a clean sheet. I think they will have good players and it will be competitive game.
WSS: What, overall, do you feel would mean a good season for West Bromwich Albion?
JA: It's a brand new challenge for the team and myself also not playing at this level before, I think anything mid-table and above would be an achievement. However, if we carry on playing the way we are playing, we could achieve big things and compete in the top few.
WSS: So who can you see being the teams who are likely to be challenging for the title in your division?
JA: Personally, I think this league will be a tough league for all teams but the likes of Sunderland, Derby, Stoke and Huddersfield will be our most competitive games ahead. I also think if we continue to play at the standard we are currently playing, we could do really well this season.
Our thanks to Jade!
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