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Chloe Sansom: The break will allow us to improve

September 25, 2018

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 Chloe was unused sub in the opening 2 games of the competitive season, but since her debut against West Ham, has now started 3 on the bounce.  The shot stopper sees improvement from the side and understands that the side is still young but they must improve. "It has been a tough start to the season and obviously extremely disappointing to come away from the first two games with no points, however, after having such a short preseason as a group in comparison with some teams, it is great to see the progress that we are making as a team going forward. We knew we were going into the game as under dogs to West Ham with them being in the tier above and full time professionals, and although it was a poor start to the game from us in several areas, I felt we held our own in the second half and frustrated them. Going into the midweek game against London Bees we knew we had massive points to prove, not only to ourselves and coaching staff, but also supporters as well in the fact we were there to improve, compete and challenge in games and that will be the case for the entire season."

 

After the last minute winner on Wednesday night in the defeat to London Bees, Chloe was gutted but expressed her praise for her team's desire and passion. "Conceding with just a minute on the clock was not always the start that we were looking for, but throughout the entire game everyone showed fight, passion and desire to win the ball back and challenge for the points. Although we did not get the result we feel we probably earned the game, we all, as individuals and as a team could take so many positives that will only help going forward during the season."

 

The keeper was also full of praise for Grace Taylor who has pushed her for the number one spot. "Grace is great goalkeeper. She is young and everyone can see already how much potential she has for years to come. It is always great to have strong competition as it allows us both to push each other and only get the best for one another."

 

Despite recent results, Chloe has stated that the camp is still buzzing and all on the right path, something that has helped recent performances. "The mood at training is positive. The girls buzz off one another and get the positive vibes from each other which is always good within the environment. We are all wanting the same things from this season and with that in mind everybody is working hard, for themselves and each other to achieve those targets. After two defeats it is down to us as a squad and team mates to lift each other and I feel that it is still creating the positive atmosphere around the camp. Once reflecting on previous games, it is then put to the side and the focus is moved on to the next game which then helps to create the buzz in training."

 

 

The side now have a 3 week period where they have no games and will have to stay focused ahead of their next game on the 14th.  Chloe is frustrated about the long break but sees it as an opportunity to improve. "It is always frustrating to have long periods of time off so early on into the season just as we are trying to gain some momentum but we will use it as a second preseason if you like in order to take those stepping stones in moving forward as a team. We will use it as a period to improve our fitness as well as pitch based practices which we will then use for the rest of the season. Sometimes it is difficult having such a long period of time off however after being a group for only a short space of time, it will be crucial to use it as an extended team bonding period to help us gel even more as a team, and work on areas where we need to improve in order to develop our performances."

 

Chloe made her Millwall debut against West Ham, a side who have a lot of quality.  Despite the result, it was a proud moment for Chloe who looks to push on from her debut. "Getting a call up to any squad in any game is a chance to prove yourself and show what your about but to have the opportunity to do it against top class opposition is even better. It was a tough game and playing against some top international players was never going to be easy, but it is an occasion that I grabbed with two hands and one that I had to relish. Being given the opportunity is rewarding knowing that hard work is finally paying off, however, it does not mean it stops there. In order to compete against the likes of West Ham, full time professionals or international players, it takes commitment and determination to achieve and that is what our whole squad is about."

 

Chloe believes patience is the key and says fortunes will turn eventually for the young Lionesses side. "Of course it is always hard coming away from games not having won or drawn, but us as a young group will take every game as a learning opportunity and look to put things right in games to come. Things are not just going to come over night, and football is not an easy game, it takes time, commitment and determination to get the little gritty parts right, then everything else slowly falls into place. Each and everyone of the squad, from players to coaching staff are working extremely hard to get the final pieces put together in order for us to show and prove to people that we can compete at this level, challenge opposition and win games. We have shown in previous games that we are a young and hungry squad who want to win games and that is only going to continue."

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