On claiming the first silverware of the season…
“We were disappointed last year in losing and it was one we were hoping we’d regain this year. Now we know it will be really tough because we’ve lost players and people have avoided playing us until this time, and now they think they have a better chance of beating us now. We’ll have to wait and see.”

On his side’s application…

“We know it’s a final and we had to apply ourselves in the right way. I think everyone did that. We knew what to expect from Doncaster and we got what we expected with respect. They tried ever so hard but I thought we had that little bit extra.”

On Doncaster’s threat…
“They had two really good chances that come to mind just before half time and they could have got something there. When they didn’t get something at that time we came in comfortably with a two-goal lead. I felt once we settled down I was comfortable we’d go on and win the game.”

The performance of Kim Little…

“Kim is going to be the next big, big player. She’s a Scottish international and we’ve got her tied down here now. Hopefully she can step into Kelly’s shoes, do the business for us and keep it going. Obviously you don’t replace Kelly Smith who for me is iconic. Everyone will miss her, as a club and as a country.”

On Kelly Smith ending her Arsenal career with a hat-trick…

“We say end her career but we don’t know. We never know with this American League it has fallen by the wayside before. Obviously if it happens again those girls will be back here at Arsenal.”

On Alex Scott signing off with a goal…
“Super goal wasn’t it. A great pass from Kelly and most male footballers would be pleased with that pass. When Thierry Henry was here and saw Kelly play he said he’s the nearest thing to a male player that he’s seen. I echo those thoughts.”

On debutant Suzanne Grant scoring Arsenal’s fifth…
“It’s lovely, so great for her. You write those little stories don’t you? It’s lovely for her and I’m delighted that she’s got her career here up and running and hopefully she’ll get many more.”

On their chances in the League and FA Cup…
“We’ve got to be confident, we’ve still got a good side. We’ve made one or two additions and we’ll go on and fight it out until the end. Everton will know they’ve been in a real game and it won’t be easy for them I promise you.”

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