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Taylor says the magic of the FA Cup lives on

Gareth Taylor admits Sunday’s FA Women’s Cup quarter-final against Everton will evoke happy memories of  when the two teams met in the 2020 final at Wembley.

City won that game 3-1 and will hope another win against the Toffees can edge his side towards a fourth final in five years.

Asked what he recalled of the Wembley triumph, Taylor, speaking at his Friday press conference, said: ”It was a proud moment for us.

“Even looking back to that final, remembering the messages we spoke about with the players pre-game which was control what we do and get the real small details right,

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“We spoke a lot about arriving as a team in the final third and nullifying the game and their counter attacks.

“They have still got players who can give you that headache so we need to make sure the back door is shut.

“It was a really proud moment. We have grown since.

“We are still a work in progress, but it was great to move us in the right direction.”

The City Head Coach says the FA Cup has always been close to his heart and he believes the magic and romance of the competition remains strong to this day.

“I got as far as an FA Cup semi-final with Sheffield United back in the days when it was played at Old Trafford,” he said.

“We lost 1-0 to Newcastle to an Alan Shearer goal that day.

“It was a great competition and one that is respected in any country and any gender and hopefully it’s one that retains its specialness.

“Sometimes, with the revenue involved, especially with the Premier League, the FA Cup can come off second best, but I don't think that’s true.

“It’s been around a hell of a long time and people who have won it are immensely proud of that.”

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