The Dugout: Ladies #4
Date: 19 January 2018 at 11:03 by Liam Cook
In her weekly chat with CUTV'S Liam Cook, Coventry United Ladies manager Jay Bradford gives her thoughts on the 12-0 County Cup win over Burton, the effect of reserve team players and the upcoming WPL Cup tie with Cambridge.
Liam - You could say Sunday’s Birmingham FA County Cup match went well. A 12-0 win at Cryfield against Burton. Was the emphatic scoreline expected?
Jay - It went very well. To be honest, no it wasn't. Burton are doing well in their league and I expected to face an organised team that would be difficult to break down. Burton grafted in fairness to them, they were trying to do the right things, but on the day I think we set our bar high. We never faltered from our game plan and ultimately that was too much for Burton.
Liam - A lot of teams may have taken their foot off the gas at half time with such a commanding lead, but this wasn’t the case on Sunday. Was the ruthless performance in the second half something you demanded at half time?
Jay – As I have mentioned before, complacency is a pet hate for me. So my message was loud and clear. I wanted absolute dominance, I wanted a step up in tempo and I wanted them to understand the importance of us not conceding by being lethargic and lacking discipline. Credit to the girls, they delivered again on everything I asked of them.
Liam - With the impressive performances of reserve players such as Lucy Stead, Lois Jefferies, Jasmine Ancell and Jess Lundie last time out, it must be reassuring to know what talent lies in the reserve side if needed?
Jay – I thought they were all fantastic. They all had an impact on the game, which was great to see. I am not surprised by the talent that the reserves team holds. I have worked with most of the players in that group either at junior level or senior level, so I know them as players and people. For me it's about them learning their trade at reserves level and transitioning at a time that is right for them. Credit to Joe and Ian for creating an environment that allows the reserves players to thrive and then be in a position for me to lean on them.
Liam - The victory at home to Burton sends United into the Quarter Finals where Wolves Women will be the opponents. What sort of test will they provide?
Jay – Wolves are a club that are guaranteed to graft and scrap. They have players loyal to the cause that have dedicated their whole playing career to the badge. Very much like us, those players make a club what it is. We will have to be on our game to get past Wolves, we know that. Wolves are proud, they have recently been promoted back in to the FA Womens' Premier League Northern Division and are battling it out in there to stay up, so they will be keen to overcome us and move towards landing a spot in the semi final.
Liam - At last the WPL Cup match at Cambridge is set to be played on Sunday after 2 postponements. What are your expectations heading into this match?
Jay - My expectations are simple, a place in the next round. The players know what they need to do and what we expect to see transferred from training this week.
Liam - The Cambridge game was scheduled to be played in December, but has been postponed on two occasions. How do these postponements effect preparation for the fixture?
Jay - It certainly has been hanging over us. It affects us slightly in the fact that you gear towards a game and might work on specific aspects in training, and then other fixtures come in before that one so you have to park those ideas and conversations and reignite them 3 or 4 weeks later. Everyone is in the same boat though so for me it's just part and parcel of playing football in England, the weather will wipe out a full month of fixtures and the games get jumbled back together at a later date.