Derby County Football Club Women

Griffiths “Make the Most of it and Enjoy Being Back”

Derby County Women’s Boss Sam Griffiths is relishing a return to action this weekend as they take on Loughborough Foxes in the 2nd Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

The Ewe Rams league season was again cut short with only the FA Cup remaining as any competitive football and whilst the curtailing of the season is frustrating, Griffiths is sympathetic to the reasons clubs ultimately decided to halt the current campaign.

Griffith said “I think its hard, when clubs get given the chance to vote they will all obviously vote for what’s best for them and I think that’s something we have to accept, it wasn’t an FA decision.

“I honestly didn’t have a clue which way things were going to go, right up to the end. I think we were all hoping the league would carry on and I suppose having the announcement about the FA gave us that little bit of hope that the league would return.

“It was decided by the clubs which voted at the end of the day, which we all have to be respectful of, is it disappointing? Yeah of course, but we just have to concentrate on the FA Cup now.”

One of the more daunting tasks facing the Ewe Rams Boss in the coming week is getting the squad back together for just a couple of sessions ahead of the weekend game and Griffiths, whilst relishing the return, admits its not ideal preparation for a a game.

“It’s not going to be easy!! We have a good squad we want to get the players back on the ball, theres not a lot tech/tactical stuff we can do in 2 days so it will be just preparing the team best we can and hope adrenaline plays a big part on the day! 

“They have been away from the game for so long they have to make the most of it and enjoy being back. I have worked closely with Matt (S&C) about measuring certain areas of the players which could play a part in selection but we need to get the girls back and get a feel for what they are feeling and where they are all at both mentally and physically.

“I’m always confident in any game we go into, however we wont underestimate Loughborough we know what a threat they can be from the first game of the season. I think its a hard first game back, its been a strange time for everyone.

“I don’t believe any players will be match fit, no matter how fit you keep yourself match fitness and sharpness is a totally different thing, I genuinely believe the game will come down to who wants it more and the good grit and determination to grind out a result.”

We’ll catch up with Derby County Women’s Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Mayer later this week as he talks keeping the squad as fit as possible during lockdown.

The Ewe Rams Vitality FA Cup 2nd Round Match with Loughborough Foxes is behind closed doors but you can follow the build-up and match via our Twitter commentary from 1pm on Sunday @DCFCWomen.