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Yeovil Town winger Kayleigh Nardiello said that her team could hold their heads up high after their narrow F.A.Women's Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest.
"We battled till the end and gave everything we had, 1-0 was a great result and everyone's really proud of themselves," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "The whole team worked hard for each other and we were a little lucky to stay in the game, our goalkeeper Rachel Simkin made a number of great saves.
"We just kept our heads up, we didn't have anything to lose today and everything to gain so we went out and enjoyed it."
Kayleigh revealed that the whole of the Yeovil team had eagerly anticipated the chance to take on top flight opponents and learned some valuable lessons from the match. "Everyone gets a bit nervous before a game but that's just what happens in football," she said. "Teams at that level are a lot fitter than us, we need to work on our fitness levels a lot more and need to pass the ball around a little quicker, but if we can do that and get up to that benchmark, then we'll be okay.
"By the end of the game, my legs couldn't do it any more and I couldn't get past anyone. It's the most puffed out I've ever been in a game, I just couldn't move after a while but I felt I had a reasonably good game."
Yeovil did have two opportunities to level the scores, one created by Kayleigh for Anusia Rourke who volleyed just over and defender Kim Turner saw a late header well saved. "You've got to take these kind of chances and if you don't, you pay the consequences," she admitted. "I put a good ball in for Anusia and it didn't come off so it was just one of those things. The keeper pulled off a good save from Kim, she got a hand to the ball and pushed it away - if it had gone in, we could have been playing extra time."
Yeovil are involved in a battle for the South West Combination title and promotion to the Premier League and Kayleigh admitted that the team are fully focused on that goal. "We have to concentrate on the league now as it is our main priority," she said. "If we just keep going, keep our heads down and play for each other then we have as good a chance as anybody.
"We want to compete against teams like Forest every week and if we work hard, then we can reach the same standard as them."
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