Monday, July 30

By Steph Houghton

Stephanie Houghton

It was really important that we got the win against Cameroon - and a bit of a surprise to get another goal myself! It was another game where we played really well in the first half and could have maybe scored a few more, but we are just delighted to book our place in the quarter-finals.

I've been playing at left back during the tournament so far but basically if the ball is on your side you can try and join in to support the wingers from behind. Cameroon tucked over one side of the pitch which made them quite narrow, so the outlets for us were on the wings. That gave me and Alex [Scott] the chance to get forward as much as possible. But the manager is also quite positive, so I am sure she doesn't mind as long as I get back to defend!

I don't even know why I went for that ball really but there was nobody there so that made quite a lot of space. I decided to go for it, kept it in and gave it to Kim [Little] thinking she'd score like she usually does. But she couldn't really get her shot away so that allowed me to instead!

Kim had a great game and probably deserved a goal for the amount of work she put in. She was on the ball a lot more in the Cameroon game and set up two of the three goals in two different positions. She handled both roles really well. It was a great performance from her and she deserves every plaudit she gets.

Now we've left Cardiff to return to London and the Olympic Village, which is absolutely amazing. When we came here for the first time it was unreal but a bit quiet. Now we're back all of the athletes are around, it is busy and we are so glad to be here. You can't really describe how it is to be honest, it is quite surreal seeing all of the athletes with their nation's tracksuits on just strolling around.

Everybody is obviously professional but also look as though they are having fun at the same time. It is something we will never forget and we are all trying to take everything in.

I am not sure if we will be able to watch any other events because we have a big game coming up. We will be here until tomorrow and then we find out who we have in the quarter-finals. For now we will just be watching on the television like everybody else!

Personally I like watching the gymnastics, it is always one I like to watch. And obviously I can't wait for the track events to begin - the 100m and 200m finals are the ones everybody wants to see aren't they?


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30 Jul 2012