Alex Scott says Arsenal Ladies are well prepared for Sunday’s FA Women’s Cup final against Bristol Academy.
The Ladies go into the game having beaten Mark Sampson’s side 4-2 in last week’s Continental Cup clash at Meadow Park.
Shelley Kerr has held extra training sessions for her squad this week and Scott believes that could prove decisive.
It's about relaxing and getting your mind focused on what you want to do in the gameAlex Scott
“Training is vital - making sure that everything goes right on the training field, the preparation and the tactical side of things, how you're going to play,” the defender told Arsenal Player. “[You need] the right preparation going into the game but also [to] feel confident, relaxed and not having too much nervous energy going on.
“We've got another training session before we travel up to the hotel on Saturday. We'll have team meetings and the preparation will still be going on then but it's about relaxing and getting your mind focused on what you want to do in the game."
Last season, the Ladies reached the semi-final stage before being knocked out by Chelsea. That defeat hurt the team, and Scott says they will be channeling their disappointment in an attempt to reclaim the trophy at the Keepmoat Stadium.
“We were so disappointed,” she said. “I think as a player, that's the first kind of disappointment I've ever had. It was gutting losing to Chelsea last season. As a group of players, we never wanted to feel that again so it's really spurred us on this season to get to the final.”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 24 May 2013