Laura Vetterlein: We want to finish with a win
West Ham United women travel to the Academy Stadium on Sunday afternoon for their final match of the 2020/21 campaign.
The Hammers face Manchester City in the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, looking to secure passage to the quarter finals – which will take place next season.
With a chance to finish the season off on a high – Laura Vetterlein is expecting a tough contest in the North West.
“We’re all looking forward to this game – it’ll will be a tough match against a good side, but we want to finish the season in the best possible way. It’s a cup competition which gives it a little bit more of an edge, it’s a one-off match which means that anything is possible. We have nothing to lose.”
The Irons only faced off against City last weekend, where an Ellen White goal in the 75th minute was the difference in east London. The away side has the better of the chances in truth, but some solid individual performances from key players gives West Ham reasons to be optimistic on Sunday.
“It’s an interesting one because we’ve seen them so recently and we know how they’re going to play. But also, it’s going to be a little bit different to what we say last week because we’re playing on their pitch – we know what to expect from them and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” she said.
The Hammers have good pedigree in the FA Cup, losing to the Citizens in the final of the competition back in 2019 – their first season as a professional club. Vetterlein hopes that the players can continue to advance in the competition and believes that playing away from home may suit her team.
“I think we can be optimistic about our chances because we’re playing away from home. We’ve got a better record away and we haven’t been able to use our home advantage this season – maybe that’s partly down to not having crowds in the stadium.
“It’s been a tough season – we’re glad how it’s worked out in the end because we’ve been able to stay up. It’s obviously not been the season that we set out the have at the beginning but finishing the campaign with a win would be fantastic.”
Confirmation of West Ham women’s first signing ahead of the new season was confirmed earlier this week - Australian international Tameka Yallop will be heading to east London ahead of next season.
Manager, Olli Harder has spoken of his plans to recruit players in the off season – Vetterlein though says that Sunday’s game against City is a chance for the current crop of players to make sure that they finish the season off on a high.
“It’s also the last chance that we will have to play together in this group, so we want to enjoy the game as much possible – and the way that we can do that is by putting in a performance that we can be proud of. We want to be able to walk off the pitch and be pleased with what we’ve produced out there,” she said.
Sunday's clash against Manchester City is available to watch live on CITY+.
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