Scott’s wary of first silverware drought
CUP RUN IS ARSENAL’S LAST CHANCE
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.
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.
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.”
ALL OR NOTHING: Alex Scott has won silverware in ever season she’s played for Arsenal