The Dugout: Ladies #12Date: 04 April 2018 at 17:01 by Liam Cook
It's time for another cup Semi Final. Coventry United Ladies travel to West Bromwich Albion Women on Thursday, with a place in the Birmingham FA Womens' County Cup Final against Birmingham and West Midlands up for grabs. Red and Green Girls boss Jay Bradford previews this huge match with CUTV's Liam Cook.
Liam - It’s been a couple of weeks since the Semi Final defeat to Blackburn in the WPL Cup. How determined are the girls to ensure another chance of silverware doesn’t disappear?
Jay - I think as a group the Blackburn game is still fresh in our minds. We were good against Blackburn, so it’s a case of producing the same level of performance and pairing it with managing the game to ensure we overcome WBA to reach the final.
Liam - How have the players responded in training following the defeat to Blackburn?
Jay – Training has been excellent. We trained on Friday when the QPR game was called off and we worked through various scenarios. I can never fault the players desire to train.
Liam - West Bromwich Albion and Coventry United have a long history in the Birmingham County Cup. What will it take to ensure the next chapter of this rivalry is written with United on top?
Jay – WBA are current holders of the County Cup and we have fallen at their hands in the last 2 finals. I think the players need to stick with our game plan and trust that it will bring them success, as it has done in previous weeks.
Liam - Both sides have had contrasting seasons, but United know better than most how dangerous the Baggies can be. How will this match be approached from a coaching point of view?
Jay – As always, I have done my homework and prepared the players with that information and set up sessions that have allowed them to explore all possibilities. League form means nothing in cup competitions, so we will need to apply ourselves and expect WBA to come at us.
Liam - As well as United, West Brom have played just once in a month due to yet more troublesome weather conditions. How does the lack of games effect players and coaches, and how can you take advantage of West Brom’s lack of game time?
Jay - Lack of game time is not ideal, but we have maintained good solid standards in training and the girls work hard in their own time, so lack of game time is not a concern for me. I know West Brom have played a few friendlies, so I expect them to be ready to go just as we are.
Liam - It has been said by fans that the winner of this semi final will be the favourites heading into the final against Birmingham and West Midlands Ladies. Would you agree with that statement?
Jay - I think that's peoples natural assumption because Birmingham and West Mids are the division below. They have reached the final for the first time in their history and I have huge respect for the improvements they have made, in particular the work that Helen Carver has put in behind the scenes. I think people are wrong to underestimate them. Should we overcome WBA, I will prepare for Birmingham and West Mids the same way I would prepare for any game.