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Hall Upbeat Ahead Of Cup Tie


09:00 23rd February 2013

Wolves Women take on Blackburn this weekend

Wolves Women will be looking to bounce back from their derby day defeat to Albion as they take on Blackburn Rovers in the last sixteen of the League Cup this Sunday.
Wolves were beaten 2-0 by their local rivals in the County Cup semi-final last week, but goalkeeper Natalie Hall believes that they can build on what was a generally solid display against the Baggies.
"As a unit, we defended fairly well last week," she explains. "It wasn't a classic game with the majority of possession being in midfield, and neither team had any clear-cut opportunities.
"Although we didn't create much, we were comfortable, but unfortunately two set-pieces proved our undoing, so we need to tighten up there," continues the Wolves number one.
Rovers have already got the better of Wolves on two occasions this season, and Hall knows that she and her team-mates are facing a tough test at the Castlecroft Stadium this weekend.
"We know how dangerous they can be - they break quickly and in numbers so we need to keep possession of the ball. Their midfielders have good movement and they interchange well, so we need to be aware and switched on to that."
The 24 year-old continues: "We have conceded a lot of goals to Blackburn in the two previous games, so we'll be looking for a solid defensive performance and we will hopefully put away our chances when they come."
Hall, who is in her eighth season at the club, acknowledges that the ladies' priority this campaign is survival -  they currently sit third from bottom of the league after being promoted last year. 
However, due to the inclement weather through the winter months, league games have been few and far between in recent weeks, and the goalkeeper believes that the cup fixtures are vital as Wolves prepare for the crucial end of season run-in.
"With the number of fixture cancellations we have had, the cup games have given us good opportunities to get ourselves match sharp," she explains.
"Survival is our main objective this season but the cups have given us chance to try new things and give new players the opportunity to play their way into the squad."
Following Sunday's game, Wolves have three consecutive home league games as they look to maintain their league status, something which Hall believes they are more than capable of doing.
She says: "Our squad is definitely good enough to stay up and there is plenty of belief that we will. Our focus is remaining in this league and establishing ourselves at this level once more, then we can continue to build and progress from there.
"We have players who have - and could still - play at a higher level and there is plenty of experience within the squad. Surviving will be as big an achievement, if not bigger, than getting promoted last year."
Wolves' League Cup tie against Blackburn is a 2pm kick off, and will take place at the Castlecroft Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 8NA. 


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