From Parris with love
Tuesday, 03 April, 2012
Hat-trick hero lauds England team-mates after win over Wales.
by Neil Brown, Women's Soccer Scene
Nikita Parris was full of praise for her England team-mates following their 6-0 victory over Wales in the UEFA European Women's U19 Championship Second Qualifying Round on Monday night.
The Everton striker caught the eye with a hat-trick at Sincil Bank but she preferred to share the credit with the rest of the team.
"All six goals were great goals but it couldn't have happened without my team-mates who were brilliant, they were the ones who made the chances and I finished them off for them," she said after the game.
The game had been evenly contested until just before half-time when England scored three times and never looked back.
"The first goal turned it around for us," said Parris. "We stuck to our game plan - our background staff help us so much and we just have to implement it on the pitch.
"We were clinical on the night and finished our chances well. Wales gave us a good game for 40 minutes but our quality came through and I am so happy we won well as a team.
"I enjoyed all the goals even the ones my team mates scored were all special to me."
Now England go into their last group match against Austria at Grimsby on Thursday needing a point to secure their place in this summer's Finals and Nikita admitted they have their sights firmly set on qualification.
"We want to go out all guns blazing on Thursday as we want to win that game," she said. "Our goal is to get to Turkey and we've shown the crowd [tonight] that we can get there with our quality.
"Everyone is full of confidence and I hope can get more goals [against Austria] to help us on our way to Turkey."