The Dugout: Ladies #3
Date: 12 January 2018 at 16:49 by Liam Cook
Coventry United Ladies manager Jay Bradford and CUTV's Liam Cook discuss the pressing issues at the club this week, including Keeley Davies' condition, cup progress and more
Liam - Sunday’s cup win at Crystal Palace must have been one of the more dramatic games you’ve been involved in. How did yourself and the players feel after the final whistle?
Jay – Dramatic is certainly how I would describe it. We went through so many emotions as the game ticked on. I felt we remained resolute and professional which was great to witness. Certainly my overriding feeling was relief. The girls were buzzing and rightly so. We have been on the other end of penalty shootouts and it’s really not nice so to finally get one swing our way was nice
Liam - Everyone was delighted to see Keeley Davies back on her feet after the injury she suffered during the game. Can you provide an update on the attacker’s health?
Jay – Watching Keeley come back in to the changing rooms really was the icing on the cake for us. She is doing really well. I thought the medical staff were superb with her. She has been to some physio sessions this week and also joined the recovery swimming session. She needs to just follow the instructions she has been given and we are hoping she will be back with us over the next few weeks.
Liam - Given the previous heartbreaks when it comes to penalty shootouts, do you prepare for the possibility of penalties for cup matches?
Jay – Penalties are not something we necessarily practice. I personally prepared differently in terms of getting a list together of who may take penalties and in what order. I have said it before, I would rather players put their hand up and miss than not put their hand up at all.
Liam - The reward for the win at Palace is a trip to WSL 2 side Millwall Lionesses. A tricky tie for sure, but is it a winnable one?
Jay - Millwall are flying. They are sat in 3rd spot in a tough league. I think we have to see it as winnable. Why can’t we go there and get a result? We are under no illusion that it will be a tough game, but we want to be a WSL 2 club so we can not go there with the mindset that it is a day out. It's a game that will showcase Coventry United's ambition.
Liam - The County Cup tie on Sunday against Burton will be played at the training venue at Cryfield rather than the Butts Park Arena. With this in mind, and with United taking on lower league opposition, is there a danger of underestimating the occasion and opposition?
Jay - Playing at Cryfield is simply to make sure the game goes ahead as our backlog of fixtures is mounting up. We are treating this game with the respect that it deserves. The group is focused on the task in hand, they know Burton will be a test and we will have to perform to progress to the next round. Complacency drives me up the wall, no team is ever playing well enough to warrant complacency.