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NATKIEL: HARD WORK PAID OFF

30 May 2016

Albion's forward spoke after scoring twice in the final.


Brighton & Hove Albion women forward Kate Natkiel was delighted to see a season's hard work pay off, following a 4-2 victory over Sporting Club Albion in the FA Women's Premier League Championship Play-Off Final yesterday.
 
The Seagulls forward scored twice either side of half-time to put Albion 2-1 in front, including a stunning 25-yard effort that levelled the game, before Sophie Perry and Amy Taylor made the scoreline more comfortable late on.

Natkiel won the ‘Player of the Match’ trophy for her eye-catching performance and talked through her outstanding first goal.

He said, “It’s amazing [winning the play-off final], I can’t even put it into words. All the hours we’ve put into training, three times a week, a game every week, everything we’ve been through recently, Sunday has just topped it all off.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from anyone. I think we really rose to the occasion.”

“I just saw a bit of space open up, so I thought I’d give it a go and happy days, it went in!

“I think it made a lot of difference, it was a little confidence booster for us, going in level pegging and not one down. It gave us the confidence for the second half."

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The forward praised interim head coach George Parris and thanked Chris Hughton, Paul Barber and Tony Bloom and all the Albion fans for their support at the stadium.

“He’s [George] done really well. It’s tough to come into a team that you’ve never coached before on such an important occasion. He’s given us confidence and put on some really good sessions.

“Every single one of the fans were amazing, hearing them when you're going forward gives you all the confidence in the world. Thanks to everyone that came, they helped make Sunday what it was.

“I didn’t know Chris Hughton was there, but that’s amazing. We have a lot of support from the men, so thank you, as we wouldn’t be where we are now without them.”

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