Pre-Match Report

Continental Cup Final: Birmingham v Arsenal

By Oliver Yew

Arsenal face rivals Birmingham for one last time this season when the two sides meet in the Continental Cup final and manager Laura Harvey says her side are focused on sealing a historic treble.
The Gunners have already won the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women's Cup this season and will be looking to add the final trophy of the season to their list of achievements.

Harvey believes her side are determined to finish on a high.

“We have had an outstanding season so far and we have shown we are the best side in the country," she told
“But Sunday is yet another chance to show that and we are determined to win another trophy. We want to win the treble now - that's the plan."
Arsenal have an extra incentive when the two sides clash on Sunday.
The Gunners eventually pipped Birmingham to the FA WSL title this season but they failed to beat the Blues in either of their two meetings.
And Harvey says her players have a score to settle with David Parker’s side.

“Birmingham is the final we wanted because although we beat them to the League title we didn't manage to beat them this season," said Harvey.

“The 2-1 defeat at Meadow Park earlier in the season hurt us badly and that is something we want to put right on Sunday."
The Gunners reached the final after beating Liverpool in the last eight and then producing a battling performance to run out 3-1 winners over Lincoln in the Semi-Finals.
Goals from Steph Houghton, Danielle Carter and Kim Little sent Arsenal into the final but Harvey wasn’t happy with her team's overall performance against the Lady Imps.
Now she wants a marked improvement when they face Birmingham at Burton Albion FC.
“In a Semi-Final, winning is all-important and we managed to do that," said Harvey. "We did some good stuff against Lincoln, but overall we were not too happy with the performance.

“Now we have the opportunity to put it right on a big stage and hopefully we can do that and finish the season on a high with another trophy."

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