Everton Ladies Head Coach Andy Spence has called on his players to continue their impressive Continental Cup form this weekend as they face Reading in the quarter-finals.
The Blue Girls booked their place in the next round after progressing through a tough group stage that included the likes of Manchester City and Birmingham City, and Spence insists his side hide no fear ahead of their clash with the in-form Royals, who sit a place above the Toffees in the WSL 1 table.
“If you look at our form, we have had a good run of results,” he told evertonfc.com. “We are excited, and we have done well in this competition. We have come out the toughest group and we will take confidence from that and take it into the quarter-final.
“We have looked a good and confident side which is a nice thing to see. If you see your side looking forward to things it gives everyone that confidence. The players have trained well all week after a good result against Sunderland and they are ready to go for the game.
“You never look beyond the game in front of you and that’s what we are doing. Reading are a good side, and we know some of the players well like Jo Potter and Fara Williams. They have quality all around. It’s a tough game but not one we go in with any fear and if anything, it’s exciting, it’s holding that excitement in during the week and getting ready to go for matchday.”
Spence will be hopeful forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk can continue her success in front of goal. The striker has netted four times in her previous four games, including a brace last time out in the 5-1 victory over Sunderland.
“The last three or four games she has picked up some really good form,” added the Head Coach. “She is always contributing with her work rate but now she is getting the sharpness to her game. Her link up play is better and the understanding with the other girls has contributed to her scoring.
“Her teammates are understanding the runs that she makes and she has the confidence from hitting the back of the net on a regular basis. She is bouncing in training, scoring goals for fun and that’s what you want from your centre-forward.”
Kids can go to watch Everton Ladies against Reading on Saturday for FREE. Tickets for adults are £6 with concessions and juniors priced at £2.50 and can be purchased online or on the door ahead of kick-off. Official Everton Members, Season Ticket holders and lounge members can also attend the match for free.