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Miedema We made a 180-degree turn at half time

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Vivianne Miedema was at her clinical best on Thursday night, scoring twice to help us secure a valuable 3-2 win over Liverpool on the road.

Coming into this fixture, the Netherlands international was on a goal drought by her own lofty standards, having gone four Women’s Super League games without a goal - but that didn’t last long as she made it 1-1 with an instinctive finish on the half-hour mark, before climbing high inside the area to head home a late winner.

We spoke to Miedema after the final whistle - and this is what she said:

on scoring twice…
I think I’m more worried about how I am physically right now. I struggle myself as well and I’m happy that I could even play tonight and happy that I could help the team. I mean we just need to carry on from now on.

on any potential injuries…
I’m not carrying any knocks I just have a sore back. I can’t really do anything about it and hopefully it will sort itself out. Obviously it doesn’t really help with the pitches we’re playing at sometimes, but today was okay so we can’t complain.

on the match…
I think they made it really hard for us in the first half. We didn’t play our football and their football did a good job. They had two chances and they both finished them and obviously for us coming back after half-time we knew that hopefully one goal was enough and it was enough today. I think we are a little lucky getting the three points.

on playing Liverpool…
You could see today that defensively they’re organised. We knew that before, and I think in the first half we didn’t really switch the ball enough and in the second half before the crosses were coming in you can kind of see that we created more chances. It doesn’t really say much, we won the game, I don’t care if it’s 5-4 or 1-0, I’m just happy we got three points today because that’s what we needed.

on Joe’s words at half-time…
He was upset with the way we played but we all were so we kind of knew that once we came out in the second half we had to make a 180 degree turn. I think that we did that, we controlled the game a little better but it was still not up to our standard. Obviously we have Sunday in the FA Cup and the week after that against Reading we need to up our game.

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Foord - I want to grow with this club

Caitlin Foord had a debut to remember as she scored the opening goal in our 2-0 Women’s FA Cup victory over Lewes.

The Australia international played the full 90 minutes as we advanced into the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory at Meadow Park.

We spoke to Foord after the full-time whistle and this is what she said:

on scoring on her debut…
It’s always a nice feeling when the ball hits the back of the net. To do it here today was exciting as well, I’ll score goals but my focus as a player is to win as a team and at the end of the day I don’t really care who scores, but if it is me I’m happy and I’m really happy to score and help the team today.

on breaking Lewes down…
They were quite difficult to break down and for us it was about getting into  rhythm. For us going into the next game it was important to do that and we just try and play our football and we had no doubt the goals would come it was just when it was going to happen. Once we got the one and we had plenty of other chances as well so any other day it could have been more.

on the Continental League Cup final on Saturday…
I’m excited to play in a cup final. It’s quite cool to come into a team and go straight into a final and I feel really lucky to be a part of. I’m just looking forward to it and helping the team as much as I can.

on her aims until the end of the season…
I want to keep building with the team and building as a player, that’s why I’m here. I feel like I’m still developing and still learning so I want to grow as a player alongside this club.

By Sam Cox

Photos by Gavin Ellis

 

 

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