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WATCH | Goalscorer Izzy Gigg on the win over Hull City

5 April 2024


WATCH | Goalscorer Izzy Gigg on the win over Hull City

5 April 2024

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Belles midfielder Izzy Gigg says her side enjoyed being the underdogs in their emphatic win over promotion chasers Hull City.

The number eight opened the scoring at the Chesterfield Poultry Stadium before goals from Arianne Parnham and Jasmine Saxton cemented victory.

After seeing off their Yorkshire rivals under the lights, the all-rounder could sense a buzz in the Belles camp.

“We’re buzzing to be honest, especially when it's a derby,” Gigg said. “To get the win mid-week as well, they're always difficult mid-week fixtures so we’re just absolutely buzzing.

“We just went out there, we were all up for it and I think we came in as the underdogs but I think we quite enjoyed that.

“We showed them that we had nothing to lose at the end of the day so we went in and we showed them what we're made of and what we've been working on.

“It's always great to get a goal, I don't score many so that was really a good moment for me and I feel like it sort of set the standard for the game.

“When you score early on it can be quite difficult for the other team mentally because they know they're chasing the game and I think we dealt with that really well. We didn't rush anything and we played really well.”

“We came out at half-time knowing we're 1-0 up, the game's in our hands but we sort of finished that first half under a little bit of pressure but I think we really took it on the chin.

“We went and gave it to them instead of just sort of sitting off, we made the game our own.”

Gigg secured yet another goal against a local rival after also finding the back of the net against Leeds United in January and she was pleased to rise to the occasion again.

She added: “It must be something about derbies, I just come out of my shell and I think I start shooting more but it’s a derby at the end of the day, it always fills you with confidence.

“You always want to go out and win and anything can happen in a derby as you've seen.

“Even if on paper one team's better, you never know what's going to happen.”

With the Belles now just a point off the top half of the FAWNL Division One North, Gigg felt the Belles could take confidence from their upturn in form.

She added: “After that I feel like we should have a lot of confidence and the stuff we've sort of been building on, I think it's been shown the past couple of games.

“Obviously drawing at the weekend against a good side as well, we should be full of confidence, we've got two more league games and then a cup final which obviously is a big focus for the next couple of games because it'd be nice to get some silverware under the belt, but the camp should be full of confidence.”

To watch Gigg’s post-match interview in full, click play on the video above.

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