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First major silverware up for grabs!
 Women's Football News 28 Feb 2008
First major silverware up for grabs! - 28 Feb 2008 - Women's Football NewsFara Williams says that the time is right for Everton to win their first silverware in a decade, and they will be attacking Arsenal in their bid for glory. 
The Toffees take on the Gunners in the first major Final of the season - the Premier League Cup Final - at Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium tonight (7.35pm).
Everton have reached a number of finals in recent years, and chased Arsenal for recent Premier League titles, but their last trophy came in 1998 when they were crowned League Champions - but Fara says everyone is determined to change that.
"It's not just me personally, everyone at Everton wants success, and that's our aim," she revealed. "We know that Arsenal are ahead of us, and they won all four trophies last season, but our ambition is to get as close to them as possible.
"Our aim is to go out and win this one. In the past we've looked to defend and stop them playing, but we're going to try and win it so it will be a different game.
"We want to be in as many finals and big games as we can. We want to be seen as one of the big teams in the Premier League - and I think we are the best team after Arsenal."
While Everton have not previously lifted the Premier League Cup, Fara was part of the Charlton side that defeated Fulham in 2004 and she is determined to add another medal to her collection.
"Any Cup Final is massive, but to get there with Charlton was a huge achievement and with Arsenal not getting there it was even more special," she remarked. "To beat a Fulham side who were professional just a year earlier was fantastic.
"They had some top players still playing there but we managed to scrape a 1-0 win which was satisfying."
Despite going the entire season unbeaten and winning the quadruple in 2007, Jayne Ludlow says that Arsenal's desire is greater than ever to achieve more success. With Faye White injured for the majority of last season, the Welsh midfielder captained Arsenal on their way to European glory and a domestic clean sweep, and is keen to keep on winning.
"I'm still as competitive as ever, and the rest of the girls will say the same," Jayne admitted. "The reason our squad has been so successful in recent years is because we have so many competitive individuals who want to go out there and achieve, and I don't think that having more trophies on the shelf will change that.
"In a way it has been harder for us this season and perhaps some of the girls could do with a rest. It was a big year for us last term, both physically and emotionally, and with most of the England girls going straight into the World Cup in China, and then straight back into the season here in October - it's difficult. But we're determined to keep going."
Jayne is also quick to praise Arsenal's opponents in the final who, like the Gunners, have been playing catch up with fixtures since the World Cup. She explained: "All the teams in our league are getting stronger, especially Everton. They are getting fitter and have better technical ability.
"At the start of the season we envisaged that Everton would be hot on our heels and it has panned out that way. If you look at our results we're probably the best two sides in the country so it should be a great final."
with thanks to www.TheFA.com

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