Friday 21 April 2017


Marc Skinner will be urging his players to avoid a cup final hangover.

Skinner’s side earned a trip to Wembley after beating Chelsea Ladies on penalties in the SSE Women’s FA Cup Semi Final last Sunday.

That win made it three wins out of three for the Manager who joined back in December.

But Blues return straight back to action as they host Sunderland Ladies at

the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Sunday 23 April, kick-off 2pm.

With games coming thick and fast Skinner is keen to continue the momentum his side have created.

“We are in a really good place now, we are looking forward to the Spring Series and everyone’s working extremely hard on the training ground to make sure we continue to progress.

“We are fully focused on Sunderland and I have told the group that for them to become a truly great team they need to build upon their successes and treat every game with the same attitude and commitment they have shown so far.

“The girls have analysed their performances, and my staff and I have watched videos on our opponents. We are pushing the girls hard to get even more out of them.

“We have a confident group of players and we are all looking forward to Sunday’s visit of Sunderland Ladies.”

With the cut-throat nature of the FA Cup, Blues enter the Spring Series with freedom.

The one-off competition, which is being played between April and June, is designed to ease the transition between the winter and summer leagues.

Nine games will be played in total with four or five at home and the champions of the WSL 1 and 2 will receive the Spring Series Trophy. There is no relegation or promotion.

With that in mind, Skinner admits that the next few games are a good opportunity to experiment with one or two things.

“The Spring Series gives us a great opportunity to grow the younger players into the group and see if they have what it takes to be senior players in the future.

“There still needs to be that winning mentality, and I don’t want to experiment too much but having said that it does present us with the freedom to tinker with one or two things given the nature of the competition.

“I will be utilising my entire squad, and trying to give as much game time to everyone as I can. I will look to bring a few girls through from the RTC development squad to help us out too.”