By Declan Taylor
Jayne Ludlow believes that the disappointing Quarter Final exit in the Uefa Women’s Cup can spur Arsenal Ladies to domestic success.
Ludlow scored a second-minute header in the first leg of their clash with Umea in November as the Ladies secured a 3-2 advantage at Boreham Wood. But Umea hit back on home soil, racking up a 6-0 victory in the return leg.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Women’s League Cup Final against Doncaster at Glanford Park, the Welsh midfielder insisted that domestic success is the only way for her side to put the European disappointment behind them.
“As soon as we went out of Europe we had to make sure that we do win things domestically,” the 30-year-old told Arsenal.com. “It’s the first trophy of the season for us and it’s always one that we look forward to if we get to the final.
“Of course any final is a big event for us so there’s a lot of pressure on us to carry on our trophy-winning tradition. We’re all looking forward to it and we can’t wait.
“Our main focus is on playing well and hopefully by doing that we do get to finals and win things. That’s no different this year and we’ve performed near our best and hopefully that can come to fruition in Scunthorpe.”
If the prize of a tenth Women’s League Cup isn’t enough for Ludlow, then the possibility of reaching an incredible milestone is.
The ex-New York magic player sits just one goal away from 200 for Arsenal. And, for her, there’s no better setting than a League Cup final to score it.
“I’m really hoping I can get one tomorrow night,” she said. “It would be great, it’s more important to win but if I can get a goal as well it would just make my night. It’s a major milestone for me but I’ll be happy if I can get it at any point in the season.”Copyright 2014 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 26 Feb 2009