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The House of Tudor

1 February 2020

Sophie Tudor is delighted to be playing a key part for Nottingham Forest this season as she has featured in the most games for The Reds out of the side.

The 20-year-old has racked up 17 appearances for team this season, having only missed one game, and she explains how pleased she is to achieve this. 

She said: “It's fantastic to be part of this team full stop, but to feature in so many games is a great personal achievement. 

“I know the boss has put a lot of faith in me, especially as a young player and in an important position.”

Tudor has cemented herself in the side’s defensive midfield and has formed a strong partnership with Sophie Walton where the pairing has helped the side to 6 clean sheets and 9 wins out of the 12 games they’ve played together and she says she’s constantly learning from her experienced right side. 

“Walts is my mentor on and off the pitch,” Tudor said. 

“With all the experience she has, I cannot help but learn things from her. 

“She's a fantastic player, and leader and a massive presence during the game.” 

Walton and Tudor have paired up in 12 of the team’s 18 games this season and the latter explains how important it is to build that strong partnership to better your game.

Tudor said: “I think it's important to be adaptable in football, so you are capable of combining with anyone. 

“But I think the more Walts and I have played together, the better we have become as a unit. 

“When the basics of positioning, covering and closing becomes automatic, it allows you to be more adventurous and more creative. 

“An example is that I have been able to break into the opposition box more in recent games.” 

The side are back in action a week on Sunday as they face West Brom in the league and Tudor is expecting her side to bounce back positively to last week’s narrow loss.

“West Brom are a strong team so we have to be at our best to beat them. 

“We will do our homework, but essentially it's working on our own game that will make the difference. 

“You won’t fault our commitment.” 

With only three full months left of the season to play promotion is Forest’s aim come May and Tudor believes if her side carry on their league form they’ve got the best chance possible of achieving their goal. 

She said: “This division is so tight that games can turn on key moments, we have seen this recently vs Burnley and last week at Middlesbrough.  

“Three or four seconds lack of concentration, a dodgy bounce, an unlucky deflection and the game can swing. 

“That's why a 1-0 lead is never enough, and to be successful we have to finish teams off when we are on top.  

“We've got 12 games left - 36 points to play for. We take each game as it comes, and if we carry on our league form I think we will give ourselves a really good chance of promotion.”


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