Sunderland filled with confidence forward of Manchester United cup tie – boss Mel Reay

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Sunderland supervisor Mel Reay declared her workforce had been “filled with confidence” forward of their FA Cup tie in opposition to Manchester United.

The fourth spherical of the competitors takes place on Sunday, with the Ladies’s Tremendous League leaders travelling to the north-east to face the Black Cats at Eppleton Colliery.

Neve Herron’s aim in opposition to Blackburn earlier this month despatched Sunderland via to the following spherical and Reay is wanting ahead to their first aggressive assembly with United.

She informed the PA information company: “I feel off the again of two league victories thus far in January, the workforce’s filled with confidence and it’s a welcome break, most likely, from the strain of taking part in within the league and what a tie at Eppleton it’s going to be.

“Enjoying in opposition to Manchester United at residence specifically, at a sell-out floor, it’s acquired the urge for food for everybody within the north-east as a result of everybody’s speaking about it.

“They’re a workforce in type and the 2 golf equipment haven’t performed one another earlier than.

“I’ve clearly had a lot of fixtures in opposition to (United boss) Marc Skinner – we’ve been in reverse dugouts quite a few occasions when he was at Birmingham however we’re wanting ahead to the sport and superstars are hopefully travelling to the north east.”

After a troublesome begin to their second yr within the Championship, Sunderland’s season has taken off since that Blackburn victory, successful their final three consecutive league video games to take a seat eighth within the desk.

A type of wins got here in an exciting 3-2 derby victory in opposition to Durham and Reay is delighted together with her workforce’s turnaround.

She added: “I feel we had a troublesome begin, gamers discovered it troublesome to possibly get some type, possibly a insecurity at occasions stepping on the pitch, however I feel the months main as much as Christmas we had been actually unfortunate.

“We type of hit the restart button at Christmas and to be honest to the gamers, they’ve labored onerous over the Christmas interval.

“We had type of the ‘warm-up’ fixture in opposition to Blackburn within the FA Cup to ensure we had been prepared for Durham and an unbelievable end result at Durham – a much-needed three factors in an area derby may be very onerous to do.

“We carried that type going into St Andrews in opposition to Birmingham. They got here up right here earlier within the season and beat us closely, 4-0 on the Stadium of Gentle which was disappointing.

“To go there and put within the efficiency of the season thus far and produce again the three factors was an enormous workforce effort and one that everybody was delighted with.”

Defending FA Cup champions Chelsea face WSL rivals Liverpool at Kingsmeadow, whereas Arsenal tackle Leeds, who play within the Nationwide League Division One North.

Three-time FA Cup winners Manchester Metropolis are getting ready to welcome Sheffield United, who sit second-from-bottom within the Championship and Metropolis boss Gareth Taylor is on the hunt for one more trophy.

He informed a press convention: “It’s at all times an intention for us (to win the FA Cup). I feel some folks or groups may have a look at sure competitions as extra essential than others.

“We settle for that the league is the competitors you actually need to win as a result of it’s important to be faultless and it’s usually the marker of a superb workforce.

“In cup competitions you’ll be able to win six to eight video games and it’s not essentially the most effective workforce who wins, however it’s important to be constant in these video games.

“The final two or three years our document within the FA Cup has been actually good.

“It’s a terrific competitors and one which’s nonetheless admired by supporters and gamers, it means rather a lot to them.”