Interview with Issy Martin – Derby County Preview

Sunday 4th April is now so close. Foxes are up against Derby County Women in the FA Cup 2nd Round and we couldn’t be more excited.

We caught up with Foxes first team manager, Issy Martin, to get her thoughts on the upcoming fixture.

Q. It’s been 5 months since the Foxes last took to the field. How are you and the team feeling about finally returning to action?
There has been a lot of excitement in training this week. Everyone – from players to coaching staff – is really happy to be back playing and enjoying football. There will be some nerves from all of us on Sunday, with such a tight turnaround for the game, but the team have worked so hard over lockdown to be ready. They have come back brilliantly.

Q. The team returned to training on Tuesday night. How well did they do?
All the players looked great. There has been a high intensity to training this week. Everybody looked very sharp – you wouldn’t have thought we’d been away as long as we had.

Q. Foxes are up against Derby County in the 2nd round of the FA Cup. Are you expecting another close game, after drawing 3-3 in the first game of the 20-21 league campaign?
Playing Derby is always a tough game and it’s always a pretty close encounter. I expect nothing less than a tight battle between both sides.

Q. Are you able to take much from that game into this one or do you think it will feel like a completely separate affair due to the large gap between the two fixtures?
There would have been a lot of changes from both sides. That, along with a lockdown and a week of training, makes it hard to predict. We just know that we are as prepared as we can be and it’ll be a tough game for both teams.

Q. What are your hopes for the cup campaign? Do you feel confident going into the tie?
I feel really confident going into the game. The girls have worked so hard over lockdown and have come to training this week with a great attitude and belief. I love the FA Cup! We’ll be sure to push as hard as we can and try to match where we’ve got to in past seasons.

Head over to our Twitter page (@LboroFoxes) for live updates of Sunday’s game. The coverage will start from 1pm.

This match is being played behind closed doors. This means that no fans will be granted access to the stadium.

For more pre-match coverage of Sunday’s game, find our match preview here

Foxes. Are. Back!

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