Remi Allen looks ahead to ‘massive’ semi-final this Sunday!
Allen; “We’re going into this with confidence flying high”
Kelly Chambers’ side take to the pitch in the Continental Cup this weekend, in the first time they have ever reached the last four of the competition.
Arsenal are the opponents on Sunday afternoon, whom the Royals have already beaten this season, but it all starts again when the whistle blows on Sunday.
When asked on the significance of Sunday’s game midfielder Remi Allen said; “I think it’s massive, obviously we’ve built our whole season up to this point, we’ve done really well in the cup and have already beat Arsenal to get here, and it would be amazing for the club to finally reach a final, and I think thoroughly deserved”.
And on whether November’s 2-1 win against the gunners gives her and her teammates added belief Allen commented; “Yes, I think that was massive, we’ve previously struggled against Arsenal so to go there and get that result, and then the string of results we’ve had on top of that, we’re going into this with confidence flying high”.
The Royals will be hoping to get straight back to winning ways after unfortunately having their nine-match unbeaten run ended by Manchester City last weekend. 27-year old Allen agreed the City result was disappointing, but is positive ahead of Sunday; “It was disappointing but this week’s been brilliant on the training pitch and to go through stuff and learn what went wrong. I think if we put into practice what we’ve been learning, without giving too much away, then hopefully we should be able to perform come Sunday”.
The midfielder has started all 11 games so far this season, and when asked about her form Allen replied; “I’m happy with where I’m at, I got a good pre-season under my belt and I’ve tried to add goals to my game which are starting to come and I’m pleased, but there’s a lot more that I can do and a lot more that I can learn so I’m happy to keep plodding along and keep getting there”.
Supporters may remember the last encounter against Arsenal for a clip that has since gone viral, of Fara Williams scoring against her former club from the half-way line!
This semi-final comes off the back of three Royals being selected for an upcoming England training camp in Spain, as well as a Royal quartet being chosen for the upcoming Wales training camp as well. Melissa Fletcher, Rachel Rowe and new signing Tash Harding have all been chosen for that camp, along with Charlie Estcourt, who is currently out on loan at Bristol City.
Harding made her debut off the bench last time out against Manchester City, and she will be pushing to make her first start in a Reading shirt, after her move from Liverpool last week.
It's sure to be a fantastic occasion at Adams Park in this massive game for the Royals, and tickets cost just £6 for Adults, £3 Concessions and a family ticket of two adults, two children is just £15!
Kick-off is at 2pm at Adams Park this Sunday (14th January), and you can buy tickets here.
By Road: Traffic is often heavy around Adams Park on matchdays so drivers are advised to allow plenty of time. Adams Park is signposted from the M40 with brown football / stadium signs.
Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 (John Hall Way, signposted Aylesbury). Cross over three small roundabouts into New Road continuing down the hill to two mini roundabouts at the bottom. Turn sharp left at the first into Lane End Road and continue to the next mini roundabout at which turn right into Hillbottom Road. Adams Park is situated at the very end of the road. By Bus: Arriva operate bus services to & from Adams Park area, please visit Arriva website for more information. https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/?gclid=CjwKEAiAkb-zBRC... By Rail: The nearest railway station is High Wycombe, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the stadium. Chiltern Railways operate services to High Wycombe from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone, Aylesbury and Banbury. Visit the Chiltern Railways website for timetables and further information.
General Parking: There are parking facilities at the ground and access before and after the game is often busy. Upper tier parking in official club car park at £2*. Street parking is also available in the vicinity of the ground, however, supporters are warned that traffic wardens patrol the area regularly and we would ask you to park sensibly, respecting our neighbours in the Sands area.
*please note that the capacity of the upper car park may be reduced in adverse weather conditions.