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Naomi Cole: Positive result and optimistic mood

5 September 2014

Lionesses skipper looks for second successive win



That is the view of newly appointed skipper Naomi Cole, whose cool head secured maximum points for Millwall against the Hornets with an injury-time winner from the penalty spot.

Millwall Lionesses' welcome 1-0 against Watford on Thursday night could be a perfect springboard for the team to build on.

"We believe that our performance deserved that and it's been a long time coming for us. We really needed that win to get our season going again.

"You could see at the end of the game just how delighted everyone was with the result," said Naomi.

The Lionesses now head to Oxford United on Sunday in buoyant mood at both the performance and result.

"We created a lot of chances, both in the first and second-half. You could see that throughout our squad, even when the subs came on, our play and our shape were not affected. Everyone put in a solid performance and I'm really proud of the team."
Manager Alberto Kurti put his faith in youth for the visit of Watford with a number of Development squad players called up for the fixture.

Lionesses captain Naomi was quick to praise the youngsters and believes they have an important role to play in the weeks ahead, adding: "You only have to look at our Centre of Excellence to see that we have a quality set of players coming through.

"There were four Centre of Excellence girls on the bench against Watford and four in the starting line-up. It is important that we are bringing through these players and we're confident enough in their ability.

"It showed in the Watford game when they came on the pitch; they gave a performance and didn't look out of place, so well done to them."

It may have been a good all-round team performance but it was Naomi who secured the points, showing nerves of steel to smash home a 91st minute penalty for her third goal of the season,

"They are all from penalties as well so it would be nice to try and score a few more goals from open play," she added. "I had a chance from a corner but it's good that we are creating opportunities again and now we need to start finishing those chances from open play, rather than relying on penalties and set-plays."

level with leading scorer Lillie Billson.
The Watford match was Cole's second since replacing the injured Dionne Lennon as skipper, a role she is clearly relishing. Now she is looking to record back-to-back victories "We've got to keep our heads now, focus on the next game and put in another good performance."

"The Watford result will give us a massive morale boost," she said. "We were positive after Sunday despite the loss, but now with this win behind us, we've got three points back on the board and its going to be a huge confidence boost for us.

 with another maximum point haul at Oxford United this weekend.

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