The Dugout - Ladies First Team: Issue 11Date: 04 January 2019 at 18:05 by Liam Cook
The Red and Green Girls return to action on Sunday, after an extended break from competition, as Coventry United Ladies host Crawley Wasps in the SSE Womens' FA Cup Third Round. Manager Jay Bradford previews the match with CUTV's Liam Cook in The Dugout
Liam - Welcome back Jay, and happy New Year. Are the coaching staff and players suitably refreshed after an extended Christmas break?
Jay - The break was good I think. Everyone needs time to recharge, both physically and mentally. The players have kept themselves in good shape too, which is good to see.
Liam - How are the girls settling back in to training?
Jay - Really well. We have put them through their paces and they have coped really well. Everyone just wants game day to arrive now.
Liam - 2019 begins with the FA Cup Third Round tie at home to Crawley. A tough test no doubt. What do you expect from Sunday’s game?
Jay - Crawley will be an organised outfit. We know our plan, what we have discussed and worked on, so we are all looking forward to it.
Liam - Although Crawley are a division below in FAWNL South East Division 1, they have beaten three Premier Division sides this season. How much of a threat are the Wasps to United’s unbeaten record?
Jay - We know what Crawley are capable of and we have to respect what they have achieved as a club. However, we know our qualities and our game plan, and we are getting better week on week.
Liam - Last year, Coventry made it to Round 4 before exiting at the hands of Millwall. What will it take to progress to the Fourth Round this time?
Jay - It will take us to be disciplined and patient and have belief in our game plan. If we do the simple things with quality we will be a real handful.
Liam - Sunday sees the return of Helen Dermody and Maz Gauntlett to the squad following their respective injuries. Will they be introduced straight back into the first team?
Jay - It's great to see both of them back with us, they've been chomping at the bit. They have both been named in the squad and it's now up to them to earn their spot in the starting 11.
Liam - As well as returnees, there will be a debutant at Daventry, as Beth Merrick prepares for her first match as a Red and Green. What were the qualities you saw in Beth that made up your mind to sign her?
Jay - I've been aware of Beth for many years, so she has always been on my radar. The opportunity came up to sign her and I knew that she would add quality to our already exciting squad. She had a very good passing range and is extremely versatile, she also knows where the goal is. Most importantly for me she has a really great mentality and I'm excited to see her integration in to the squad.