Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood spoke BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton on Friday 24th July 2015, the night after his side had beaten Oxford United Women in the Continental Cup.
EB: A great result last night.
JS: An excellent result last. A brilliant result, to be honest, and a great performance. We made some changes for the weekend game, and like I said to you on Sunday, it's all about the squad. It's not even eighteen players - we've got about 25 or 26 players that can perform and do the job, and last night we did, and we won 1-0 against a very strong Oxford side.
EB: When you say some changes, you made quite a few actually, which when I saw the line-up I thought 'What's happened there?' because normally when a team is doing well you don't expect much movement but that's not how you operate is it?
JS: No, everyone deserves their opportunity. Everyone works hard in training and every player has the potential to be a match winner in our squad. I firmly believe that and I think the players are now believing that too. It was a good win on the weekend, and with the changes we made last night, four players got their debut and that's very pleasing and it's a very special place to be at the moment.
EB: Tell us about Sarah Hill's goal.
JS: Sarah Hill - it was a very similar goal to the one on Sunday, to be honest. Sarah Wiltshire went jinking down the wing, got inside and put in a lovely dinked cross, and Sarah (Hill) was sitting in the six yard box doing what we know she can do, and she's put it away. It was a great header, and it was a great feeling for me as a manager to be seeing one of your younger players come through and take the credit for the goal. It was a great little finish.
EB: Any of the other players stand out for you last night?
JS: Sarah Wiltshire last night was absolutely phenomenal, like she was on Sunday in that first half. They couldn't live with us, and her quality is absolutely unbelievable. But we had some good performances as well, with Leah Burridge making her debut, who is another development team girl. She was making her debut at right-back and did really well. Emily Donovan is another youngster that we brought in. But there were other players like Shauna Cossens who again is still a youngster as she's only eighteen, but she's been in and around the squad this season and she played really well last night.
EB: Now I know you've got high hopes for the League, but how important is the Continental Cup competition?
JS: We want to win every game. There's no doubts about that. I think you know me well enough now. We're not going out there just to make up numbers. We want to win every game and the squad that was picked last night, and the team that was picked last night was expected to do the job - and we did. It is a tough group and we have been pitted against Birmingham, Notts County and Bristol Academy, who are some top FA WSL1 sides. But we believe that we can compete and it's a great way to really test where we're at - to play the likes of Bristol next Thursday at home will be another great occasion for the club. It's a big local derby. We've stated that we would like to be the best in the South West, so let's see how good we are.
EB: That's where having such a big in-form squad to choose from is to your advantage, isn't it, when you're trying to run a League campaign and a Cup campaign?
JS: Most definitely. We want everyone firing on all cylinders. Like I said to you about last night, and I said on Sunday, we've got about 25 or 26 players and they're all capable of playing in the first team, let alone the eighteen that we've got (in a matchday squad). So there's a lot of depth and there's a lot of excitement and togetherness. That's the biggest thing that pleased me - we didn't just have eighteen players there last night - we had thirty players there last night. Players that aren't playing and players that are injured.
EB: That's because they're hungry for it because they want to do their best.
JS: Exactly, but they want to do their best for each other. It's not about an individual and it's not about the staff. It is doing what they want to achieve for the club, and for this group of players, they believe in it.
EB: Now before I let you go, I want to talk about a new signing that's been a bit delayed coming in - baby Sherwood number three! They were due on Saturday and Mrs Sherwood must be ready to pop! Is she alright?
JS: Yes, she's fine. We're actually going to hospital today, and we're hopefully being induced, so hopefully baby blue Sherwood will be here before the weekend, because obviously we've got another game on Sunday! But Katie is doing well. If I just said that she's my rock - she makes me achieve what I can achieve with this group of players. It starts with my wife and it has to. She's a very tough cookie, but she's fine and she's doing well, and my two other children are looking forward to the new arrival as well.
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