Karen Hills on Sunday's FA Cup clash: "I’m really looking forward to it, the players are up for it"

Karen Hills is looking forward to seeing her team back in action when they travel to Gillingham in the FA Cup on Sunday. 

The Addicks beat London City Lionesses 2-0 on November 21st but haven’t played since.

Hills said: “We’ve had a good couple of weeks of training. The girls are in high spirits, working really hard and we’re looking forward to going into the FA Cup game with a positive mentality. 

“The win against London City built confidence and shows that we can compete with the teams in our league that our leading the way. We were pleased with the performance, we want to be consistent, that’s where we need to benchmark ourselves at this moment in time. We’ve looked at it, reflected on it and to be honest over the last couple of weeks I think we’ve improved on it. I’m really pleased with how we are progressing and we’re really looking forward to the FA Cup.”

Gillingham are a National League South side but Hills is very aware of the threat they pose.

She said: “Gillingham is going to be a tough test, they are doing really well in their league. We know some of their players, they are former Charlton players. We know that they are going to be confident. At the end of the day it is one game and anything can happen in a cup game, so we’ve just go to make sure we concentrate on ourselves. Make sure we put in a performance we can be proud of, go out there and put in that quality that we’ve seen on the training pitch and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

“I always look forward to the FA Cup, it’s the biggest competition in the women’s game. It is something that every player dreams of, or should dream of, especially after the FA Cup Final last week where over 45,000 people saw an amazing display of women’s football from Chelsea. I’m really looking forward to it, the players are up for it and we’ll see how far we can go.”

Sunday’s game takes place at Rochester United’s Sports Ground with kick-off at 1pm GMT. 

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