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Skipper sets her sights on further success

Shepherd scored the equaliser in Sunday’s victory over Forest

10 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies captain Lynda Shepherd is looking forward to the important games coming up, as Rovers embark on the final stretch of this season.

The league champions face a tricky trip to Stoke City Ladies on Sunday, before a home game against Huddersfield Town Ladies two days later.

“It’ll be difficult, it always is away to Stoke,” Shepherd said ahead of the match.

“We’ll go and work hard in training this week and as I said to the girls before, we’ve got to use this to focus on all the important games coming up. 

“I think the victory (over Forest) will allow us to do that and hopefully we’ll go and get a result this week.”

Rovers recorded a 5-2 victory over Nottingham Forest, but they did it the hard way, coming from two goals down at the break. 

“The first-half wasn’t great but we pulled ourselves together in the changing rooms. We didn’t want half-time really but it gave us a chance to regroup and discuss what the plan was. 

“We just needed to stick to our jobs and responsibilities as we were a bit all over the show. We came out and executed it really well. 

“We knew once we got playing football there was goals in it and we knew we’d score. We’d created a few right before the second-half so we knew it was something to build on.”

The skipper’s leadership came into play when she stepped up to score the spot-kick that levelled the scores, but says she can see leaders all over the pitch. 

“Saffron (Jordan) popped up with the important goal and we just built from there. I scored the penalty and then we were just running away with it.

“That’s what I’m here for in this team. I’m obviously the captain and when I’m called upon I always try and deliver for the girls. I did that today. 

“It’s not just me, all the girls are big enough to know themselves. All we asked for at half-time was a reaction and they did that. 

“One to eleven and even the substitutes that came on, they’re all leaders and I think they showed that.”

You can follow all the action from Sunday’s game at Stoke on Twitter, (@RoversLadies). 

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