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‘We won’t underestimate West Ham’ says Taylor

Gareth Taylor says a much-improved West Ham will present a difficult hurdle if City are to progress to a second successive domestic final his season.

The Blues were paired with the Hammers in the Women’s FA Cup semi-final, to be played next month.

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The winners will play Chelsea or Arsenal in the final at Wembley – and Taylor says his side will need to be focused against a side that has improved this season.

“You have got to respect all teams that get to this stage of the competition,” said Taylor..

“I wanted a home draw, wasn’t too fussed against who, but you can’t have everything. It is a good opportunity.”

West Ham currently sit sixth in the FA WSL and beat City at the Academy Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Though Taylor’s side have since recovered a number of injured stars and are on a magnificent run of 14 wins from 16 games, he warns it will be a very tricky tie.

“It is a tough opponent for us and we won't underestimate West Ham,” he said.

“They are a good team. Olli Harder has done a good job. They have stepped up their level this season.”

Watch Gareth Taylor’s full press conference on the video above.

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