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A massive three points

“We all knew how important the three points were”

26 November 2019

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Rovers Ladies secured their first home victory and first home clean sheet in the Women’s Championship on Sunday thanks to goals from Serena Fletcher and Natasha Flint.

The 2-0 scoreline made it seven points from a possible nine in the league, moving Rovers up to eighth in the table ahead of Sunday’s trip to Leicester City.

And midfielder Natasha Fenton believes the battling performance and win over Crystal Palace is exactly what was needed to boost confidence within the team.

“We had a game plan and we stuck it out,” the 21 year-old said after the game.

“We were on the back foot for 15-20 minutes but other than that we dominated throughout the game.

“We’ve controlled it, we’ve kept a clean sheet, they had chances but at the end of the day we’ve kept them out - that’s what our defence and Fran is there for so we definitely did well.

“From Liverpool on Thursday we were disheartened but maybe we approached the game the wrong way so it was good to start a fresh. We all knew how important the three points were.

“If we didn’t get them, we would have been right back in the thick of the bottom of the table and I know we’re not safe yet but it’s a building block to go on to the next few weeks.

“The message after we scored that first goal was that we don’t concede before half-time. We knew that if we kept a clean sheet we would win the game.

“We’ve been in habits before were we’ve been winning and then we’ve come out second-half and conceded straight away so I think it’s credit to the girls and great character to come through and score another goal on top of that.

“It was a bit niggly at points but we held our own and that’s what we’ve got to do in these games.

“Teams will come and try to bully you off the ball but we responded well and kept hold of it and showed that we can be a battling team and not just a team that wants to play football but one that can really get a challenge in and win the ball back.”

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