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Sophie hoping for a Cup Final place
Sophie hoping for a Cup Final place
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:15AM BST, Thursday, 24 April 2014
After a disappointing performance during their 4-1 loss away to Brighton two weeks ago, manager Stuart Weston decided to ring the changes for the return fixture last Sunday.
Quote by: Sophie Blowers“Obviously being in there just makes you want to stay in there, you can see the difference in standard and that’s the standard I want to be playing at – as high as I can.”Quote by: Sophie Blowers
Sophie Blowers
Three players came into the side, with the wildcard being 20-year-old midfielder Sophie Blowers, who was promoted from the development team.

The changes paid off as the Addicks ran out 2-1 winners at Sporting Club Thamesmead, with Blowers gaining praise from management and players alike.

And before training on Tuesday, Blowers revealed her delight at what was a “surprise” debut, saying: “As I was walking out onto the pitch, there was quite a lot of nerves but the girls were brilliant, they all cheered me on so that was really good.

“I wasn’t expecting to start, which was a nice surprise – I found out about five minutes before the game. Then you just try your hardest when you get on the pitch.

“Not knowing that I was playing probably helped because it meant I didn’t have to think about it too much the day before and meant I could go out there and play my game.”

An all-action winger, Blowers caught the eye with her engine, work rate and no-nonsense tackling, traits that were missing the week before at the Withdean Stadium.

And her performance did not go unnoticed by her team mates, with PHSC plc Player of the Match Sam Pittuck claiming that award should have gone to Blowers.

Now, with the first team turning their attention to this Sunday’s London FA Capital Cup final against Queens Park Rangers at Imber Court, the former Colchester United player hopes she impressed enough to keep her spot.

I wasn’t really expecting to start,” she added, “I was expecting to sit on the bench for most of the game, so it didn’t go through my mind much until after the game.

“Then I was thinking, ‘oh yeah, the next game’s against QPR and it’s a cup final’ – whether Stuart picks me or not is completely down to him, but I’ll train hard and see what happens.

“Obviously being in there just makes you want to stay in there, you can see the difference in standard and that’s the standard I want to be playing at – as high as I can.”

And the performance she put in did not go unnoticed by Weston, who praised Blowers’ “phenomenal” work rate.

“Sophie was excellent,” he said. “We pulled her into training to have a look at her and her energy was amazing. We thought, she’s young, she’s keen, she’s got a bit of fire in her belly and she’s worked hard.

“When we were doing our eight-v-eight games she was taking her chances with shots and stuff like that so we thought we would give her a go and she didn’t disappoint, I thought she was excellent.

“Her passing stats were one of the highest in the team and her work rate was phenomenal. For somebody who has come in for her first-team debut, it didn’t look like it phased her at all.”

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