The Dugout - Ladies First Team: Issue 12Date: 25 January 2019 at 17:03 by Liam Cook
Coventry United Ladies manager Jay Bradford joins CUTV's Liam Cook for our weekly Dugout interview. On the agenda this week, the County Cup, this weekend's visit of Portsmouth and the important of breast cancer awareness.
Liam - Last Sunday's 8-0 County Cup win at home to Leafield saw United express themselves in front of goal. Will the free flow of goals benefit the attackers' confidence in front of the net in the coming weeks?
Jay - I would like to think so, yes. We are scoring goals across all areas of the field which will only benefit us moving forward.
Liam - The semi final draw took place on Monday morning, with the Red and Green Girls being handed a trip to Stockingford AA Pavillion. What are your thoughts on the draw?
Jay - I am happy with it. I have seen Stockingford play and they will be a stern test, but one I am confident that we can attack with the right quality and professionalism.
Liam - If league standings dictate the semi final outcomes, we could be in for another United/West Brom final. Is that a prospect United would relish?
Jay - Of course. We want to retain the county cup. But we have to focus on the Semi final before we even consider WBA and the history of that tie.
Liam - Onto this weekend's festivities against Portsmouth. This one usually provides a tight and well fought match. Can we expect the same this time?
Jay - Portsmouth are a well established outfit and will be unhappy with their current league standing. They are coming off the back of a good result so will be full of confidence. We need to implement what we have worked on in training and be confident.
Liam - Sunday's match kicks off a trio of testing home fixtures in the coming weeks, with games against Chichester and Crawley to follow. How important is it to get a good start to the triple header on Sunday?
Jay - Momentum is a great thing, and sometimes that alone is unstoppable. We have proved that we are in a really positive place as a team. The defeat at the start of 2019 hasn't knocked us off our stride one bit, so I am confident that the team can attack all 3 games in the right manner, regardless of the outcome of the previous weeks.
Liam - A special event in association with CoppeFeel took place at training on Thursday. How important is it for clubs like Coventry United to raise awareness of issues such as Breast Cancer?
Jay - It is bigger than anything else we offer the players and staff. If we don't look after the teams health and give them all the information they need to be the healthiest version of themselves, then we simply don't have a successful team on the pitch because they wont function at their peak. I think Jade Ogle deserves huge credit for organising the event and standing up and speaking out about issues that could affect any member of our club.