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PREVIEW: Reading v Blues

Reading will provide fierce competition and will be hoping to get revenge for Blues’ league double.

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Birmingham City Women continue their Women’s FA Cup journey with a trip to Reading Women this weekend.

After Aoife Mannion’s penalty and strikes from Emma Follis and Charlie Wellings secured Blues’ place in the fifth round, they travel to Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers.

Manager Marta Tejedor has her eyes set on an FA Cup final at the “famous” Wembley Stadium, saying “she would love to get there” having never been.

Reading will provide fierce competition and will be hoping to get revenge for Blues’ league double. Marc Skinner led his side to a 1-0 win away from home, while a 2-1 victory at Solihull Moors ensured all six points over the Royals.

This time, Marta Tejedor will be hoping to replicate Blues’ fine form against Sunday’s opponents. However, she isn’t concerned about the fiery nature of the match that she has been told about.

She said: “Some people have told me a little bit about Reading, but I’m not really interested in what has happened before because a lot of the time you put so much attention on the past and previous games that you don’t put enough focus on the present.

“I’m going to put my attention on tactical movements, working the lines, the best players and I won’t be paying attention to the attitude and fierce battle that surrounds this game.”

Blues have faced two fellow Women’s Super League competitors – Yeovil and Reading – and will be expected to beat the best to be the best if they are to progress through the competition.

She said: “For me, every team and every match is a new challenge. You cannot treat any team with differing amounts of respect based on the league that they are in. Every team has potential and every match is different, so it would be very impolite to treat teams with disrespect.

“This is what cups are about. I told them that one team will be out of the competition, the other team – the winning team – will go through and there’s no way we can share that. This is what makes cup competitions so interesting.

“This is why we must be prepared for anything because at one moment a team might be losing, but then they will take extra risks so their game will change over the 90 minutes or longer, so we need to be ready for any situation.

“But training has gone really well this week. On Wednesday we trained at a very high intensity, while on Thursday we focused more on the tactical details. Sometimes, I had to say let’s take a rest because we didn’t want another intense training session.

“I think all the players are really focused and motivated on getting into the next round of the cup. They are really willing to do their best.”

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