FA Cup disappointment can inspire Everton Ladies

Andy Spence
Andy Spence's side were the last WSL2 team left in the FA Cup semi-finals.
By Jo Currie, BBC Sport

Manager Andy Spence says Everton must use the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Women's Cup semi-finals to fuel their promotion push.

Spence's side were beaten 3-0 by Notts County at Goodison Park, as the only Women's Super League Two side to reach the last four.

"It can give us a lot of confidence," Spence told BBC Sport.

"Showing that we can play well on the big occasions and that we can handle going against WSL1 teams."

He added; "It's a huge disappointment but I've said to the players that we use that disappointment to ensure that we push on in the league. It can inspire and spur us on."

This year's FA Cup final is being played at Wembley Stadium for the first time but Everton captain Michelle Hinnigan said the team would not be allowed to dwell on what could have been.

Michelle Hinnigan
Michelle Hinnigan's side are currently fourth in the WSL2 table.

"I know those girls are experienced enough to let it go," Hinnigan said.

"It'll give us confidence just reaching the semi-final and we can take that into the next fixtures because we've got top of the table clashes which are really important."

"We'll go back on Tuesday and look over it. We'll watch all the clips of the things we didn't do right and we'll put them right."

Everton were relegated from the top tier of women's football at the end of last season and lost the majority of their senior players to WSL1 clubs as a result.

The 2015 side are unbeaten in WSL2 so far and are fourth in the table with nine points from the opening five matches, as they look to gain promotion at the first attempt.

Second placed Reading are the Toffees' next opponents on Saturday.

"That's a huge game for us," Spence added.

"The next couple of days will no doubt be difficult for them.

"It's all about not dropping our heads now and focussing on the positives so we can get the win."

Everton now have four more league matches before the league halts for the World Cup, which takes place in Canada between 6 June-5 July.

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