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Byrne - Cup win can kickstart our season

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Emma Byrne believes Arsenal Ladies’ FA Women’s Cup final victory against Everton can kickstart their season.

The Gunners have had a difficult start to their Women’s Super League campaign, but claimed the cup with a fine 2-0 win against Everton on Sunday.

Byrne was thrilled with the confident nature of the performance, and believes it bodes well for the coming months.

"If you hadn’t seen us play prior to today, you wouldn’t know we are bottom of the league. Hopefully this will kickstart us now and we will grow in confidence"

Emma Byrne

“I’m absolutely delighted,” she told Arsenal.com. “To be honest, we didn’t know what way it was gong to turn out because we’ve been on such a bad run of form recently.

“But we’re delighted and we really felt like we had to work for it this year.

“If you hadn’t seen us play prior to today, you wouldn’t know we are bottom of the league. Hopefully this will kickstart us now and we will grow in confidence.

“It could have been six or seven. We hit the bar, the post, everything. We just created so many chances, which is a real positive and that is definitely going to help us going forward.”

Shelley Kerr left her position as Ladies manager after the game, and Byrne says the win was the perfect send-off.

“It was partly for Shelley, and partly because we wanted to play well,” she said. “Shelley herself wasn’t pushing for the result, she just wanted us to play well and enjoy the game and that is what we did.

“We have a bit of a break now and you are only as good as your last game and that was a good performance, so we’re happy.”

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