Ladies reaction: They will all fear us
news Mon 4 Dec 2017
Erin Cuthbert and Drew Spence netted a brace apiece against Yeovil on Saturday and they reflect on that performance and look ahead to the London derby at home to Spurs on Wednesday night.
The Blues qualified for the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with an 8-0 win over the Glovers at Kingsmeadow, with Cuthbert and Spence both scoring a goal in each half as we racked up our biggest win at our new home.
After scoring her second just before the hour mark, the Scottish forward had chances to make it a hat-trick, most notably in stoppage time when she left a cross to the back post for Gemma Davison to tap in and shortly afterwards she had a header saved before Spence tucked home the rebound.
'I had quite a few opportunities to get the hat-trick and Gemma missed a penalty, so when the cross came in and she shouted “Gemma's”, I left it for her – I knew it would mean more for her to score than for me to get the hat-trick,' said Cuthbert. 'It's all about the team.
'We've been working really hard in training and we deserved this victory. We've got a number of different goalscorers and whoever we put on the pitch, we can play really well.
'I wasn't on international duty and we were all training really hard, so it was nice we were rewarded for our efforts. We've put a statement out to the rest of the league – it doesn't matter if it's the Continental Tyres Cup, whoever we come up against will fear us.'
Spence didn't have the opportunity to go for a hat-trick as her second was scored with virtually the last kick of the game, but having not found the back of the net since the beginning of October, the 25-year-old was pleased to be back among the goals.
'For my first, the ball bounced and I just flicked it – I think it was going on target – and it hit one of their players,’ she said. ‘The rules say that if it's on target then it's your goal, so I'll take it.
'It was nice to get the second. I was trying to get in the box all game, making those late runs, so I was really happy with it.
'We're taking our form in training into the games and having a big squad is helping us, especially having runs like six games in 18 days. Having such depth in the squad pushes us every day in training and gets the best out of us.'
The game was the first of a run of three in the space of a little over a week, with Spurs visiting on Wednesday night in our final Continental Tyres Cup group fixture followed by a top-of-the-table home clash against Manchester City in the Women's Super League 1 on Sunday.
'It's nice to have a run of fixtures coming thick and fast, because as a footballer all you want to do is play football,' added Cuthbert. 'But you have to recover and prepare properly for each game.
'I'm still relatively new, so I don't know a lot about Spurs, but they will make it hard for us in the opening exchanges and it'll just be a case of shifting the ball and I think our fitness will shine through.'
Spence, meanwhile, has aspirations of going all the way in the Continental Tyres Cup to complete her collection of domestic honours in her time with the Blues.
'I said earlier in the week that it's a trophy I haven't won yet and a competition we haven't really performed in,' she said. 'We want to win every trophy and this one is just as important as the others.'