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Preview: Arsenal Women v Blues Women

We’ll go down to Arsenal and give our best, try and control the game and get the result.

Marc Skinner

Birmingham City Women face Arsenal Women in the Continental Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night, as they look for a place in the last four.

Arsenal are the current holders of the Continental Cup and are five-time winners, but Blues also have pedigree in the competition coming runners-up in  2011, 2012 and 2016.

The Gunners have met Blues twice in the final in the first two years of the competition, defeating them on both occasions.

Having started the new year with a 2-1 win over Reading Women on Sunday, where Kerys Harrop and Meaghan Sargeant were both on the scoresheet, Blues will be hoping they can continue the winning run.

They have already faced Arsenal at Meadow Park this season, in the league, and were unfortunate to come away from Borehamwood with nothing to show for their performance.

Emma Follis scored her first goal for the club that day and the forward will be looking to put the ball in the back of the net once again.

Manager Marc Skinner is looking forward to another tough fixture against the current league leaders and stressed the importance of having to beat the best if his side are to lift the trophy.

He said: “Again, it’s going to be another tough game, but don’t you want to play these matches? I want to play them and that’s the nature of the players.

“We’ll go down to Arsenal and give our best, try and control the game and get the result. At some point if you’re going to get to a final then you’re going to have to play these teams.

“Last year in the FA Cup, we played Reading and Manchester City and we were unfortunate to go out. But if you’re going to make it, we’ll have to do it the hard way, and Birmingham’s used to that.

“The momentum we’ll create from the victory against Reading on Sunday will come from the girls. It’s not about what I can tell them, it’s not about what I can do with them, it’s about them doing all the things they now know.”

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