We’re finally here, it’s the big one, the history-making match, as we prepare to welcome Manchester United to the Dripping Pan for the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Quarter-Final.
Scott Booth has spoken ahead of the tie and firstly reflects on last week’s defeat to London City Lionesses.
“I think that in the first-half last week, conceding three goals, you give yourself a real uphill battle after that.
“We got caught with a couple of things, individual errors that cost us, we didn’t really manage to suppress them at all, too open at times, and didn’t quite get the game-plan right. We changed things around at half-time and we were far better in the second.”
For the game on Sunday, however, he believes the players are right up for the occasion.
“It’s a great occasion to have, especially at home to Manchester United. You don’t have to get players up for that.
“It’s very easy for the players in that sense, they’re all excited, all want to be involved, they’re very upbeat.
“We have one more training session, they’re working hard, and they have done all week to make sure we get our plan right.”
In terms of preparation, Scott insists the preparation must remain the same.
“It’s hard because individual errors are never meant, they’re difficult to eradicate, you just never know on any given day when a player is going to make a mistake.
“The bigger thing this week has been more about being on the same page as a team with a plan to put in place and to do it as a team.
“That’s the only way you’re going to have the chance to go through to the next round is if you play together as a team and get it right as a team.
“I think it’s really important that we prepare the same way we don’t change too much, and telling the players to do something they’re not used to.
“Everyone needs to connect with what we’re trying to do and it’s important that the mentality is that it’s any other week, any other game, because of course the occasion itself, the day, the match, at the Pan, it’ll be obvious it’s a big game.
“It’ll be brilliant for the players playing in front of a sell-out crowd and that is why it was so important we got this tie at home, because it gives the home fans the chance to really feel part of it.”
Lewes vs. Manchester United on Sunday 19 March is a sell-out and no tickets will be available on the day.