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Sammy Morris could not hide her delight following Leicester City's surprise 4-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League Cup.
The defender helped her side through to the quarter finals by beating the National Division joint pacesetters and she told Women's Soccer Scene: "I am still beaming now from it! We did what we set out to do, we played from the back and stuck to our plan and it was just brilliant - I can't believe how good we were on the day.
"Everything just went smoothly and everyone in the team was on a high, straight from the first goal. Vicky Gallagher had a brilliant game and scored two good goals but, to be fair, she was given a good feed from everybody playing behind her."
Despite the margin of victory, Sammy was quick to acknowledge one crucial moment in the match which helped Leicester clinch the result. "Our goalkeeper Leanne Hall made a really important save at the start of the second half," she recalled. "It was a vital stop as it would have been equaliser, and then the game could have been different.
"However we went on from that point and Courtney [Sweetman-Kirk] rounded it off by scoring from 25 yards - that was the icing on the cake. It was by far the best the team has played, we did have a couple of shaky games at the start of the season and it has been a long time coming, but as long as we play the way we have been in the last few weeks we shall be okay.
"The spirit at training has been great, there is a good vibe and this has been reflected in how we have played. On Sunday there were no half hearted performances as everybody dug in deep, but this is partly because our bench is very strong so everyone is working to keep their place in the team, and that is how it should be. We knew Blackburn were at the top of the league and are a good side but we went into the game with the same attitude - to win the match."
Leicester's reward in the draw for the quarter finals is another home tie against Southern Division leaders West Ham Utd. "It should be a good game," says Sammy. "West Ham are undefeated and at the top of the league, but we will go in with the same mentality as normal. We don't know a great deal about West Ham yet but we will make sure that we are well prepared and will know their strengths by the time we play them.
"The League Cup is very important to us this year. To win it would be a great achievement and we've got our eyes on it. Sunderland are a good, well organised team and are probably the favourites but we've got as good a chance as anyone else. We'll give anyone a good shot, the way we are playing."
Sammy is also confident that the team can build on their Cup run and take that form into the league. "We can get back into the title race," she insists. "If we can stick to the way we're playing and stay consistent, we can do it. Manchester City have started well and shown that consistency but we have games in hand and there is a long way to go.
"We have had a couple of Super League players in the team and that has lifted everyone, they have helped us on and off the pitch. But on Sunday we went out and beat Blackburn without them and that made the win more amazing.
"Natasha Meade and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk have been brilliant up front for us, both are good all round performers who can do any role for the team. But we have a strong squad overall and we are still going all out for promotion as we want to play in the top division.
"The League Cup has given us a massive boost in confidence and there is a good knock on effect from the Blackburn victory. Everyone at the club is working harder and on a high right now."
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