Paul Konchesky: The FA Cup is a fantastic competition

Paul Konchesky can’t wait for West Ham United Women to begin their Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign on Sunday afternoon, as the Hammers take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The Irons enter the competition in the fourth round and will be hoping to achieve what the team did in their first year as a professional club in 2018 – where they reached the final of the competition.

Konchesky himself played in a final for West Ham United, scoring the third goal in 2006 against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

And the current women’s assistant manager knows just how difficult games against lower division sides can be in the FA Cup.

“FA Cup games are always tough,” Konchesky told whufc.com. “That’s especially true when you’re playing against a team from a lower division.

“It’s a cup final for them so there’s pressure because you’re expected to win. So we know it’s going to be tough; it’s going to be a tough game. is in Bramall Lane, so it’s a game to hang out and have fun.

Konchesky celebrates his goal in the 2006 FA Cup Final

Konchesky has made 37 FA Cup appearances throughout his playing career and knows how important the competition is for players and fans alike.

“The FA Cup is a fantastic competition. I think ever since I was growing up the FA Cup has been the one you always want to watch, and as a kid you always dream of playing in those types of games.

“I was lucky enough to play a final for this football club and it meant everything to me to get to a cup final with the team I support, it was something you dreamed of as a youngster. For this team, it’s silverware to win, and these are important games.

Manager, Olli Harder has already said several times this season that he wants his teams to have good cup runs and after being knocked out of the Continental Tires League Cup by Chelsea, the FA Cup is the next opportunity for the Hammers.

But as Konchesky explains, the team don’t want to get too far ahead of themselves and will take each game as it comes.

“This football club has already been to a final, so why can’t we do it again? It’s a great day for everyone when you have the opportunity to go to Wembley, but we’re taking it game by game and we want to get back to winning ways and build on that winning mentality, and that starts on Sunday in Sheffield United.

“Every game is important to us, it doesn’t matter which game in which game, the next game is the most important game because it’s our next game. It gives you confidence when you win and if the games keep coming and going and that we can keep winning, that breeds confidence, and that’s what we want to achieve on Sunday.

West Ham United will face Sheffield United in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on Sunday January 30, 2022. The match is not available to watch, but we will have live Twitter updates as well as the reaction on whufc.com after the full-time whistle.

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