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Women’s FA Cup Final: Manchester City vs West Ham United – the coaches’ views

Manchester City Women face West Ham United at Wembley on Saturday aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time in the last three years.

City head into the match as big favourites having beaten the Hammers by a 10-2 aggregate scoreline during the Women’s Super League season.

Read on as we look at both teams’ route to the final and what the respective coaches have to say ahead of the big game.

Manchester City – Road to the Final

  • Fourth round – Watford (H) – 3-0
  • Fifth round – Tottenham (A) – 3-0
  • Quarter-final – Liverpool (H) – 3-0
  • Semi-final – Chelsea – 1-0

City boss Nick Cushing ‘confident’ of victory

“I’m always confident coming into games because we’ve won so many,” he told the FA.com.

“We’ve gone through the process over six seasons of understanding why we win and why we don’t win.

“Evolving that over time breeds confidence. We know how to prepare for games but we also know what the threats are in not preparing properly.

“If you look at Manchester City, our men’s team have won the FA Cup Final and have lost it in recent years.

“You have to make sure you perform on the day. The one thing we’re really proud of at this football club at the minute is that we’re winning football games, but it’s getting harder and harder to win because teams are improving.”

West Ham United – Road to the Final

  • Fourth round – Blackburn Rovers (H) – 3-1
  • Fifth round – Huddersfield Town (H) – 8-1
  • Quarter-final – Aston Villa (A) – 1-0
  • Semi-final – Reading (A) – 1-1 (W4-3 on penalties)

Hammers’ chief Matt Beard eyeing ‘unbelievable achievement’

“We’re delighted to be in the final,” Beard told the club’s official website.

“We’re looking forward to the occasion and what comes with it, but obviously it’s a big game for us and a game we want to win now that we’re there.

“As much as it’s going to be a great occasion, we’ve obviously got a job to do. If we can pull it off on Saturday it would be an unbelievable achievement.

“We know Manchester City are a good side. They’ve not lost a domestic game all season, so it is going to be a tough test.

“They’re an established team in this division and it will be a really hard game. However, whoever you play in a final is going to be tough. We’ll be ready.

“Winning it would be a remarkable end to a remarkable story. Whatever happens, I think everyone from the coaching staff, to the players and everyone behind the scenes deserves enormous credit for what they’ve managed to create here this year.”

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