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Nobbs Proud As Daughter Lifts FA Cup

28 May 2013

Former Pools star tells us of his delight as Jordan guides Gunners to cup glory.

Pools legend Keith Nobbs has revealed his pride after seeing his daughter Jordan produce a Player of the Match performance in Arsenal's weekend FA Cup triumph. 

The 20-year-old midfielder was in wonderful form as The Gunners overcame Bristol Academy 3-0 to lift the silverware at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Dad Keith was in the crowd to see her net the second of Arsenal's goals to cap a superb display during which she gained rave reviews from the commentary team on BBC Two's live coverage.

"I was really proud to see her playing in an FA Cup Final, but the way she played was brilliant," he told us. 

"As well as the goal she hit the post and also had another close chance to score so to play like that in such a high-profile game was superb. 

"She took her goal really well; I think that's the first time she's scored with a header because at 5ft 2ins she's not the biggest but she just guided it back across the keeper." 

Jordan signed for Arsenal in 2010 after making her name at Sunderland, and since the move south has broken in to the full England squad and hopes to make the travelling group for this summer's European Championships in Sweden. 

Keith says that the success she is enjoying is down to her hard work and reveals that he always knew she had talent even from a very young age. 

"When she was eight she was already head and shoulders above the boys she was playing against," he recalled. 

"She's very skilful on the ball, she's got a great engine and when you watch her play live you can see she gets box to box and doesn't half cover some ground. 

"I guess if you were looking to compare her to a player in the men's game it would be Frank Lampard - she can score spectacular goals from outside the box but is always getting in to the box late to score too. 

"Since a very young age she's been attending training camps and has been involved with the England set-up since she was 12, being coached twice a week and building her fitness. 

"Every holiday period during school she would be away training and playing football, and that has given her the base and the confidence to do what she's done. 

"She is very dedicated to her training and does extra stuff on her own because she knows that could help give her a little edge on her opponents." 

With England boss Hope Powell among those in the crowd at The Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, Jordan will have done her chances of being involved in this summer's tournament no harm. 

And with BBC Two set to cover the competition live, we look forward to seeing her light up the international stage in Sweden. 

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