Norwich City looking to bounce back from cup loss to AFC Wimbledon

Top scorer Chelsea Garrett notched her eighth of the season last week.Pictures: KEVIN RICHARDS/SARAH

Top scorer Chelsea Garrett notched her eighth of the season last week.Pictures: KEVIN RICHARDS/SARAH JAMES - Credit: Archant

Norwich City have an immediate chance to rectify their disappointing exit from the SSE Women's FA Cup tomorrow, when they meet AFC Wimbledon for the second successive weekend.

The Dons beat the Canaries 4-1 in the first round proper of the cup at Plantation Park last Sunday and return to Blofield for league action this weekend.

Chelsea Garrett had given Norwich the lead in the cup tie but Wimbledon rallied to claim a 3-1 lead. Ellen Swift was denied by a double save as City mounted a comeback late on but the visitors sealed the win with a fourth goal.

'It was one of those games where we created chances but didn't take them,' head coach Scott Emmerson said.

'Then we were slow out of the blocks in the second half and they took advantage of it and before we knew it, we were 3-1 down.


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'We changed a few things and tried to chase it a bit and did well in terms of our shape but didn't take our chances.

'We definitely want to be more competitive for the whole 90 minutes than just the first 45 this time.'

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Ebony Wiseman will not return from her ankle injury until the new year but midfielder Millie Davis should be able to make her debut.

'We signed Millie from Lowestoft and this should be the first game she can be involved in, because she was cup-tied last week,' Emmerson continued.

'So it's an opportunity for her to show what she's all about.'

Wimbledon have been drawn away to Plymouth Argyle in the second round of the FA Cup, providing some solace for City, that they avoided a long away journey.

'I believe the girls are up for it even more, definitely they're looking to put it right themselves,' Emmerson continued. 'One thing on the positive side is the distance if we had got through, because Wimbledon are away to Plymouth and that would have been a long trip, an overnight stay and we may not have had everyone available for that.'

Wimbledon go into the game in second place in the South East Division One table, two points behind leaders Cambridge United having played a game more.

Norwich are third from bottom but have lots of games in hand, with Emmerson adding: 'There's definitely more to come from us. The biggest problem we've had is consistency. We've been playing one week, then not for two, then a cup game.

'We have loads of league fixtures in hand – there's only one other team who are not in double figures for games.

'If we can win some of them then we will rocket up the league.'

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