Scott’s wary of first sil­ver­ware drought

CUP RUN IS AR­SE­NAL’S LAST CHANCE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Chris Bai­ley

AR­SE­NAL de­fender Alex Scott ad­mits the fear of fin­ish­ing the sea­son with­out a tro­phy will spur them on in to­day’s Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup semi-fi­nal against Birm­ing­ham City.

Scott has had three sep­a­rate spells with the Gun­ners since mak­ing her de­but in 2002, and dur­ing that time she has never ended a cam­paign with­out win­ning some sil­ver­ware.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional has been a key fig­ure in the club’s re­mark­able pe­riod of suc­cess over the past decade and has won the lot – in­clud­ing the 2006/07 UEFA Women’s Cup, in which Scott scored the win­ning goal.

Sil­ver­ware

How­ever, the pres­sure is on this week­end, with the FA WSL 1 ti­tle and the FA Cup al­ready sit­ting in Chelsea’s ex­panded tro­phy cab­i­net.

And Scott in­sists Ar­se­nal must re­spond in the only way they know how.

“We wanted to win the WSL 1 and the FA Cup so that’s not gone ac­cord­ing to plan, but we’ve got a chance to fin­ish the sea­son with some sil­ver­ware,” said Scott.

“I was laugh­ing about this the other day – since be­ing here I’ve never gone through a sea­son where we haven’t come away with a tro­phy.

“We al­ways man­age to win some­thing and it’s been the Ar­se­nal way so we’re de­ter- mined to push on for it now.”

Ar­se­nal’s record in the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup makes for in­tim­i­dat­ing read­ing since its in­cep­tion back in 2011.

The Gun­ners won the com­pe­ti­tion for three straight sea­sons be­fore Manch­ester City beat them 1-0 in last year’s fi­nal at Adams Park.

And af­ter aveng­ing that de­feat by beat­ing City in the quar­ter-fi­nals last Thurs­day, Scott is de­ter­mined to help the Gun­ners go even fur­ther.

“We want that tro­phy back. We’ve won it ev­ery time ex­cept for last year and that loss to City re­ally hurt,” she added. “But Birm­ing­ham are a tough side. No mat­ter how they’ve been play­ing this sea­son ev­ery team goes into a game with them and knows they’re in for a hard test.”

Birm­ing­ham have also flat­tered to de­ceive for much of the sea­son and ended the WSL 1 cam­paign in a dis­ap­point­ing sixth place – a far cry from their tilt at the ti­tle just 12 months ago.

De­ter­mined

Yet the Blues also have a de­cent record in the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup. In­deed, they made it to the fi­nal in both 2011 and 2012 be­fore com­ing un­stuck against the Gun­ners on each oc­ca­sion. Yet even win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion wouldn’t cor­rect the prob­lems that have en­gulfed Birm­ing­ham this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Eng­land star Karen Car­ney.

“The aim at the start of the sea­son was to win some sil­ver­ware, but it has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son at times in the league,” said the 28–yearold midfielder.

“Win­ning the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup wouldn’t mask the prob­lems, but it would be great for the fans and the peo­ple higher up in the club. They de­serve it.”

PIC­TURE: The FA

ALL OR NOTH­ING: Alex Scott has won sil­ver­ware in ever sea­son she’s played for Ar­se­nal

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