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Blackburn Rovers are looking forward to their F.A.Women's Cup tie against Leeds United on Sunday and captain Katie Anderton is quietly confident that they can come through one of the top matches in the Fourth Round.
Northern Combination Champions last season, Blackburn have settled in well in the Northern Division of the Premier League since promotion and Katie is not ruling out the possibility of equalling their best run in the Cup, set when they reached the Fifth Round two years ago. "It's going be tough," says Katie. "Leeds are well organised and a very good side but you never know, the F.A.Cup can spring surprises."
Katie told Women's Soccer Scene that Blackburn had been hoping to avoid the big guns at this stage. "Our manager Andy McNally wanted us to get through this round and maybe beat our best run but to get Leeds so early on is a litte disappointing," she says. "However, if you want to win the Cup you've got to play the big teams so we'll make sure we are ready."
For Katie, playing against Leeds will be extra special as she will come up against some former team mates from her old club, Tranmere Rovers. "I know a couple of players at Leeds from my Tranmere days so I know what I'm up against. It's adds a little bit to the game as whoever wins on the day will have a bit to say afterwards!"
Blackburn currenly lie fourth in the National Division with just one defeat in 13 league matches, and Katie is delighted by the way they have adapted to life in the Premier League. "We've drawn a few games but I think we've done a bit better than anticipated," she says. "We're aiming for a top four position, realistically. There is a big difference between the divisions and there is more to come from us as we have a small squad which is improving all the time. Next year we can push on, this season was mainly about establishing ourselves at this level and we have definitely achieved that. It is a tough division, every game is competitive and there are no walkovers."
So where does Katie feel that Blackburn can upset Leeds on Sunday? "It's all about stopping Leeds playing and pressing them hard," she replies. "Leeds' forward line is formidable, we all know about Karen Walker and what a great player she is, so we must try and cut off the supply to them and then I think we will have a chance. Andi Bell is our leading scorer and a player we look to in tough games, as she can produce something out of nothing and one of our youngsters, Holly Pointon is a good defender and an up and coming player."
"We've got a chance, but everyone has to give that little bit extra on the day. It's the third time we've played Leeds this season, after a friendly and a League Cup tie (Leeds won 3-0) so maybe it's third time lucky! We've grown as a team and individuals over the past few months and we want to be up with them in the top division, so we can learn from playing against them."
Photo - Katie Anderton holds the F.A.Women's Cup with Blackburn Rovers star Matt Jansen, supported by Andy Todd, Jay Bothroyd and Holly Pointon.
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