Reading were knocked out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at the fourth round stage after losing 3-2 in extra-time to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
The Royals had taken the lead early on through an impressive Fara Williams lob but unfortunately, they fell out of the competition to an extra-time goal from Spurs forward Jessica Naz.
With little to play for in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Reading boss Kelly Chambers was hoping that Vitality Women’s FA Cup football would provide the club with the perfect drive to the end of the season. After being defeated by Spurs, The Royals’ focus now returns straight back to the league.
In the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Chambers noted the heartbreak of her side’s early Vitality Women FA Cup exit, stating “I said it’s something to be excited about, something new to step into but yes, it’s disappointing to not now get into the next round.
“Both teams had chances, I think we were a bit slow to start but I truly believe that we ended up giving Tottenham their goals.
“I think we caused our own problems in that department.”
Without the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Reading have little to play for in terms of league position but Chambers isn’t prepared to let their season die on a whimper.
She said “At the end of the day, where we are, we want to still try and finish as high as we can.
“I know that can only probably be sixth right now but for me, it’s better than seventh so in terms of my motivation and how I’ll be motivating the team that’s important.
“At the end of the day, we are footballers, we are competitors, we want to win games and there’s no point going out there for the next three games and being half-hearted.
“The positives for me now is that I’ve got a 17-year-old (Bethan Roberts) that’s played right-back today and was outstanding,
“We need to look at things and look at how we’re going to progress and get them ready for next season.”
Chambers ended by providing promising news surrounding long-term absentee Brooke Chaplen, although Emma Mitchell may spend a little longer on the sidelines.
Chambers commented by saying “Mitchell is taking a little bit longer than expected right now with the irritation she’s got but Brooke (Chaplen) will be in the squad next week.”
Reading will now travel to the SportNation.bet Stadium to face Birmingham City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League next Sunday.