England star Jordan Nobbs has revealed that Victoria Park proved to be one of the best host stadiums for the national team after a large crowd roared them to victory over Sweden on Sunday.
The 21-year-old played the full ninety minutes at The Vic as Mark Sampson’s team sent out a message to their international rivals with a crushing 4-0 win over the highly-rated Swedes.
A crowd of 4,547 were treated to a powerful display from the England side and Nobbs afterwards admitted that the fans had played their part by getting right behind the Lionesses from the first whistle.
“I’m trying not to be biased but I think this game has been one of the best,” the Arsenal midfielder explained.
“I think all the other girls would tell you that because it just felt really good as soon as we walked out, you could tell it was lively.
“With every attack you could hear the crowd, which is something you want as a player – maybe it added a bit of pressure but it was a good pressure.
“There was just a great atmosphere in the stadium and that definitely encouraged us; as soon as we walked out we could feel the vibe and I think that showed in the performance.”
Nobbs was one of six players in England’s matchday squad that were originally from the North East and is the daughter of Pools legend Keith Nobbs, who played 327 games for Pools between 1985 and 1993.
And the talented star – who is just back to full fitness after a stress fracture in her back – admitted that it was an incredible feeling to be performing in an England shirt back in her home county.
“The day was all I hoped for,” she said.
“It would have been nice for me to have scored a goal but I think it was a great team performance and I’m just glad to play ninety minutes and be a major part of that team.
“Whether the crowd was 1 or 4,500 it wouldn’t really have mattered because playing for England is massive and to be around my home, my family and my friends was a huge bonus.”