By Declan Taylor
Kelly Smith says Arsenal Ladies are chomping at the bit ahead of their Uefa Cup Quarter Final second leg against Umea IK tonight.
The Ladies take a 3-2 lead to Sweden but the striker does not think that such a slender advantage is a fair reflection of the first leg. Vic Akers’ side enjoyed large periods of domination against the Swedish champions but they were let down by their finishing on a few vital occasions.
Smith, Jayne Ludlow and Gemma Davison all spurned decent opportunities at Boreham Wood FC but the striker thinks that Arsenal’s overall performance, coupled with their explosive domestic form, will stand them in good stead in Sweden.
“Everyone’s really up for this game,” said Smith at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference. “We scored three goals last week but to be honest we felt like we could have got a couple more on the night.
“We have a lot of confidence going in to the game. We know that we’re an attacking side and we’re unbeaten in our domestic League campaign. We are not coming here to draw the game, that’s not in our team mentality. We’re coming here to beat Umea and go through.”
The game will take place on a synthetic pitch at Gammliavallen but Smith is adamant that the surface will not be a disadvantage to her side.
“We train on the same surface back at the Training Ground,” she said. We’re familiar with the surface and we’re not too worried about it. We would like it to have been on grass but obviously that’s not going to happen so we’ll adapt our game to that, no problem.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Nov 2008