Everton Ladies captain Dan Turner has called on her side to use Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal in the semi-final of the SSE Women’s FA Cup as incentive in their upcoming game against Chelsea on Wednesday and for the rest of the season.
The Blue Girls conceded in the final moments of Sunday’s tie to just miss out on a trip to Wembley in their first professional season. Although hurt from the outcome, Turner insists the Toffees must bounce back and find the positives ahead of their clash with WSL 1 table-toppers Chelsea at the at the Marine Travel Arena in Crosby
“Obviously, the overriding feeling was we were all gutted," she said. "We came so close and football is cruel at times to lose in the 91st minute, but we can take credit from our fantastic cup run. The company we were with in the semi-finals with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City shows how far we have come. It was gutting and heart-breaking to lose when you are so close to Wembley, though.
“We were in for recovery yesterday and the girls were in a positive mood. You have to move on quickly, we have a lot of games and a lot of football remaining – I think we have seven league games left in a short space of time. Obviously, while we are hurt we have to move on quickly because we still have lots to play for.
“You have to use defeats as motivation. You come so close and realise how much it hurts so it motivates you to work even harder and next year hopefully go one step further. In the league, we have to use that motivation to win as many games as possible for the rest of the season.”
Turner also looked back at the Blue Girls’ last meeting with Chelsea at Kingsmeadow, explaining they can take a lot of heart from the game where a solitary Jonna Andersson goal was enough to separate the sides in what was an equal match, insisting her side do not fear the league leaders.
Wednesday night’s game in Crosby will also be dedicated to ex-Everton player Zoe Tynan, who sadly passed away in August 2016, and Turner was keen to mention what it would mean to her and her teammates to get a win on what will be a special day.
“Chelsea are a fantastic team, no doubt about that, they are one of the best teams in Europe and have proved that in getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Saying that, we went to their place and were gutted we didn’t come away with three points,” she added.
“Not just to come away with nothing but the whole three points, if we had taken our chances then we could have come away with that. While we respect what a fantastic team they are, we certainly won’t fear them because we know we can compete with them and get something from it.
“It would be fantastic to get the win and dedicate it to Zoe, it would be unbelievable. There is work to do before we get there but hopefully we can do that and do it for Zoe.
“Zoe was a special person at this Club, she came through the centre here and we have a few of Zoe’s good friends in the team so I am sure it will mean a lot to them. It will be a special day and hopefully we can do it justice for Zoe.”
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