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We talk to...Lisa Bird (Cardiff City FC)
 Women's Football News 27 Mar 2015
 
We talk to...Lisa Bird (Cardiff City FC) - 27 Mar 2015 - Women's Football NewsCardiff City FC reached the FA Women's Cup Final on Sunday with a 4-1 extra time victory over Wrexham. 
 
We talked to Cardiff striker Lisa Bird, who praised the team's character for turning the game around after having trailed with just minutes of normal time remaining, as well as looking forward to the prospect of facing Swansea City in the Final: 
 
Congratulations on reaching the Welsh Cup Final, how does it feel to have got there?
It is great to reach the Welsh Cup final, As a team, we have worked hard throughout the season. We have continued to progress and hopefully we will see the rewards of all the hard work the coaches, staff and players have put in. We have had some difficult challenges throughout the season but we hope we can end the season on a high and continue our progression into next season.

Did you feel that the game was slipping away when you were 1-0 down with a few minutes to go?
We left it late, but to answer your question, No. We have great character throughout our team with some experienced players within the squad. I knew that if we continued to plug away and keep focused, our quality would come through in the end. Previous results suggest that we have the capacity keep going right up until the final whistle. Luckily I was able to get the goal in the 89th minute to take us to extra time.

Once you took the game to extra time, did you think you would be the team likely to go on to win?
Yes, I knew that if we were to take the game to extra time that we would undoubtedly win the game. We had a poor first half in normal time, Wrexham caused us problems and we deserved to be 1-0l down at half time and probably were second best for the first 20 minutes of the second half. I think the time we scored the equaliser had a massive influence in the end result as it was so late on in the game and Wrexham were unable to hold on, conceding so late in the game would have taken it out of Wrexham.

Although the Final is a few weeks away, what do you think about the prospect of facing Swansea City?
I think excitement would be one word to explain how we feel as a team, we are confident. We know that we have a lot of quality throughout our team and when we are all playing well, we are a match for any team. This will be the fourth time we have met Swansea this season, all of which have been decided by a goal or two. It has the makings of a good final, two teams that look to get the ball down and play football, I'm looking forward to it.

This week you return to league action against Rhyl & Prestatyn, do you still feel you can pick up nine points from the last three games?
Of course, we go into this week full of confidence on the back of the great result on the weekend. We are aiming to finish as high as we can in the final league standings, so taking maximum points from our last three games is something that we aim to do as a team. There is a great buzz and confidence throughout our team at the moment, we want to end this season on a high.

Overall, how do you think the league season has gone for the team?
Honestly I think we can be proud of what we have achieved so far this season, we are a young team and have lost experienced players due to injury and this obviously has impacted us in the big games. We have the potential to be title challengers, it's just a matter of bringing it all together during every game throughout the season. Unfortunately it hasn't worked out that way this season but we go into next season full of confidence and the belief that we will be one of the teams challenging for the league title.

The title race has been a lot closer this season and is far from settled right now. Do you think that the standard is getting better throughout the league?
Without a doubt, the standard of women's football in Wales is getting better. Women's football has changed massively over the last few years and hopefully this will continue to progress with the backing of the FAW, professional clubs and it will help to attract bigger crowds.

 
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