Women. Bedeau praises support ahead of cup clash

28 Sep 23

Naomi Bedeau has hailed the "crazy" Newcastle United Women support as she continues to adapt to life in the North East following her summer move from Wolves Women

The centre-back played a key part in earning a clean sheet in the Magpies' 1-0 triumph at Derby Women in their last fixture and was very happy with the performance United put in to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

"I felt that we dominated the ball in their half for the majority," she said. "We kept peppering their goal and we knew we needed a goal just before the end of the first half and we were happy to get that one just before half-time."

Becky Langley's side were roared on by swathes of away support, with many having made the trip to see Newcastle earn their second away victory of the campaign.

Ahead of another away clash, this time at Boldmere St. Michaels Women in the FA Women's National League Cup, Bedeau lauded the huge backing the Magpies receive on the road.

"I don't think I have been at a club where it is such a mass following of people," said Bedeau.

"We were at Derby and there were more Newcastle fans than there were Derby. The support from the fans is just crazy."

The defender was one of eight incomings at Newcastle Women in the summer, with Langley's side undergoing something of a revamp for the new season in tier three.

Despite moving to a new city and meeting new people, Bedeau says she has adapted well and is now concentrating on improving her game.

"For starters, the city is brilliant and I like it," she continued. "There are so many different things to do.

"I was a bit apprehensive moving up because I wanted a life outside of football too. I have that.

"Then within the club, it's been great. I have really enjoyed getting to know the girls and (gelling) is a process but there are such great people and we have all gelled.

"Our relationships are really good and it's about spending good time with the girls outside the football as well.

"I think it is good to have competition because it only improves you. The main thing for me, I just want to improve myself as a footballer. That's always my aim when I have thought about where I want to play.

"Being in a full-time environment is only going to improve me and having competition is only going to improve me and make me a better footballer.

"We know that we are pushing each other to train better and therefore play better."

Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock

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