Rachel Brown says Everton have left no stone unturned in preparation for their FA Cup fifth round clash at lowly Oxford United on Saturday.
The Everton Ladies goalkeeper played an instrumental role in last weekend’s feisty Continental Cup draw with neighbours Liverpool and is hoping for a repeat performance from the Toffees.
The Blues are strong favourites against United, who play four divisions below the WSL in the South West Combination Football League - but Brown remains unconcerned about complacency.
She told evertonfc.com: “Our team performance against Liverpool was very good and the girls were relieved to get that game out of the way after all the hype and build-up.
“Our manager Andy Spence has scouted the Oxford team on a number of occasions and produced a detailed report on each player so we have left no stone unturned.
“We will not approach the game any differently just because we are playing a team from a lower division, especially in the most prestigious cup competition.” A crowd of 1432 turned out for the televised derby match despite the poor weather conditions.
Oxford’s previous FA Cup game against Newcastle drew a crowd of 700 and due to the magnitude of the match against top level opposition, a four figure gate is expected at the Kassam Stadium, the home of League Two Oxford United.
With the men’s team playing Morecambe on Good Friday, the match has been moved to the 12,500 capacity venue to raise the profile of the biggest game in the club’s short history.
Brown heaped praise on the fans who braved the ‘Baltic’ conditions at Widnes’ Halton Stadium and insists her side will not be fazed by a large home crowd.
She added: “Growing crowds is really exciting for any female footballer.
“Against Liverpool, we could hear our fans after our equaliser and that was really inspiring.
“Oxford have clearly marketed the game very well and the projected figure is testament to the people behind the scenes.
“We are used to playing in front of bigger crowds and prefer playing in those type of atmospheres so all being well we shouldn’t have any problems.”
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