Beth Hepple says Durham Women need to keep pushing on after their win over Sunderland.
The midfielder’s fourth goal of the season opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over the Black Cats in a victory that marked the first time the Wildcats have triumphed over their local rivals.
And it was a result that left Hepple feeling satisfied – even if she knows there is more to come from the team.
“I’m over the moon,” she said.
“I think it was a difficult occasion for us and there was a bit of pressure on us, so it was important to get the three points and keep that winning momentum going.
“I thought Sunderland did well in the first half in terms of their defensive shape and they kept us at bay, but we were still creating little chances.
“We just said at half-time that we needed to be more ruthless in front of goal and a bit braver. I think we did that in the second half and we managed the game well.”
“Coming up here, Sunderland will take points off people because they’re a very good team,” she continued.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for them, so it’s a difficult game.
“We’ve come through the other end and, to be honest, I don’t even think we played very well – which is sometimes a good thing because it shows we can win even at that.”
Victory sees Durham top of the table heading into the international break – but Hepple is keen to ensure the side don’t get too carried away and instead focus on improving.
“There’s so many teams that are going to be up there.
“It’s so close already so each game and each point is really vital – I think this is going to be the closest it’s ever been.
“We just need to keep wanting to be better every day and keep pushing on.”