Sarah Morgan: "Great Atmosphere in Changing Room"
Derby County won once again in the midweek fixture against Loughborough Lightning in a confident 3-0 victory, making it six wins on the bounce for the Ewe’s.
Sam Griffiths was able to make some changes to the starting eleven, and one of those was goalkeeper Sarah Morgan, who was happy with the win especially after the weekends win at Nottingham Forest. “It was good, it was tiring after Sunday for the girls I think,” she said, “For the girls it seemed like that in the second half, but it was good to get the three points.”
Morgan was confident between the sticks, closing down chances quickly and effectively whilst being comfortable with the ball at her feet, and she was delighted with her and the team’s performance, saying, “To get a clean sheet is always the best feeling for a goalkeeper, to not let any balls past you, it’s always a good feeling.
“The girls were great again at the back, and I think that’s four on the bounce now for clean sheets, so me and Charlotte (Clarke) are pretty happy with it.”
In attack, Ellie Gilliatt’s strikes in quick succession gave the team a 2-0 advantage, one tucked away into a corner from a tight angle, the second a superb hit at the edge of the box, and Morgan, whilst impressed with both, found it easy to pick a favourite. She noted, “The second one I’d say (was her favourite), from my view, because I probably had the best view on the pitch. Just swerved away from the keeper, it was lovely. She’s a great player.”
Megan Tinsley’s freekick was a driven, swerving effort, but up against Gilliatt’s set piece at the weekend, there was a tight winner for Morgan, saying (with a smile), “It’s still got to be Ellie’s because it was against Forest!”
Moving forward to the league cup at the weekend and beyond, Morgan said the encouragement of recent results can boost the team forward, claiming, “We’ve got a good atmosphere in the changing rooms at the minute.
“Hopefully we can take it into Sunday, and get another win, get through to the next round of the cup, and roll on the league as well.”
Derby County Women will take on Barnsley Women at home this Sunday at 2pm, looking to make it seven wins on the bounce.
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Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student James McCormick