Interview

‘We had to be precise, precise and precise again’

Kim Little

Kim Little delivered a captain’s performance on Wednesday night, scoring twice in our 3-0 win over Yeovil Town.

As a result, the Scotland international has become the third player in our squad to score 10 goals or more across all competitions this season, despite missing almost three months of action due to injury.

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

on remaining patient…
I think the team performance improved greatly in the second half. It was difficult because they defended with so many numbers on the edge of the box which makes it hard for us to do what we want to do, because we like to play in between the lines and on the floor, so we needed to be patient. Sometimes other teams are naturally more expansive, so that gives us space to play, but tonight there was a lot of time wasting and moments where they slowed the game down, which is obviously not what we want. I think we dealt with that really well as a team and come out in the second-half to deliver a professional performance.

on the difficulty of breaking down a deep block...
The hardest thing about these types of games is that your quality has to be precise, and then precise again, and precise again, and even then when you finally get into the box there’s still eight or nine players, so when you get that extra yard you have to take advantage of it. In the first half we didn’t do that, but in the second half we definitely did. 

on Montemurro’s half-time team talk…
We had to remain very calm. We obviously believe in what we’re doing, so it’s just a case of being more precise with our movement and using our wingers and forwards in different lines, which makes it harder for them to defend. 

on her deflected strike…
I worked a yard of space on the edge of the box and tried my best to keep it low with my left foot. This caused it to deflect off their defender, but that doesn’t matter, does it?

on having two days to prepare for the Continental League Cup final…
We will obviously rest up now, recover tomorrow and train on Friday before travelling up there. We’re looking forward to another final against City. It’s going to be a great game between two very good teams.

on Manchester City also being tested against Everton…
These games are so important, if not more important, because these are the games where you maybe need to motivate yourself that little bit more. They’re slightly different, but we have this mentality now where we know we have to win each of our final six games of the season.