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Chambers on prospects of reaching FA Cup final

Manager on defeating Man Utd and facing West Ham

22 March 2019

Reading FC Women have already created history by knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup to reach their very first Semi-Final in the competition – one more win and they’ll compete at Wembley for the prize, against either Chelsea or Manchester City.

But first they’ll need to get past West Ham United. They take on the Hammers at Adams Park on Sunday 14th April and manager Kelly Chambers knows just how big an achievement that would be for the team.

“We’ve set a target of getting to a cup final – so to reach the FA Cup final would be a massive achievement for us,” said Chambers, speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire.

“This is the furthest we’ve ever got in this competition, so our focus is on that semi-final game.

“If we get to the final, then why not? It’s a one-off game and why couldn’t we go on and win it?”

In the meantime, the side travel to Bristol City as they look to register another FA Women’s Super League victory. But then all the focus can be turned to the all-important cup tie.

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“If we change things in training, then it becomes a situation that players aren’t used to,” she continued.

“We have league games before the FA Cup, so we have to switch our focus – as much as we’re happy to get through, we still have a job to do in the league.

“This season has been inconsistent for us – but the support of the club has helped us to grow as a team, to allow us to turn professional and to be able to compete with the top teams.

“So this season we have a big focus across the league and the cup for the rest of the campaign. The girls are really focused and they really want to make it to a cup final. So on the day, they will be ready.

“I’ve been at the club for 15 or 16 years – I’m pleased that I’ve helped it grow and that I’ve seen it develop. It is hard work from everyone involved that has allowed the team to come this far.”

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