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‘It’ll be a fantastic day for the fans’ – Kaminski looks ahead to Crystal Palace’s day of celebration

‘It’ll be a fantastic day for the fans’ – Kaminski looks ahead to Crystal Palace’s day of celebration
‘It’ll be a fantastic day for the fans’ – Kaminski looks ahead to Crystal Palace’s day of celebration

Crystal Palace head coach Laura Kaminski is looking forward to a day to remember when her side end the Barclays Women’s Championship campaign with a game against Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

The Eagles are set to collect the Barclays Women’s Championship trophy after the game, barring a 22-goal swing against them. A record-breaking crowd is expected to be in attendance on what is sure to be a day of celebration for the club.

When speaking in the pre-match press conference, Kaminski said that it will be a wonderful occasion for Crystal Palace, although the team’s initial focus is on competing in the game.

“We are taking the game very seriously and we are preparing as normal,” Kaminski said.

“What we know is it’ll be a fantastic day for the fans and it has already broke the record for number of tickets sold for a Palace Women game at Selhurst Park, so we are really looking forward to it.

“I just want to say how proud I am of all of the players and staff and I give my thanks to Steve [Parish], Dougie [Freedman] and the board for the support that we’ve had this year to get this over the line. What a great position we find ourselves in and we deserve the celebrations for the last game of the season.”

Once the full-time whistle blows on Sunday afternoon, the hard work will begin. The Eagles will have less than five months to prepare for their debut season in the Barclays Women’s Super League. Kaminski knows that Crystal Palace face a huge challenge but she believes that some solid foundations are already in place.

She said “We know it’s going to be a massive challenge, there’s no doubt about it. The WSL is a fantastic league with great managers, players, teams, clubs and we know that it is going to be a step up for us. I know the staff that I have got in the building are ready, we feel ready, we’ve been planning behind-the-scenes for some time and putting the foundations in place.

“I know that the players will step up, they’ve been driven for this opportunity. That’s why I came here; I was fully aware of the potential of the squad. I know that they’ll be ready.”

Crystal Palace’s Barclays Women’s Championship fixture against Sunderland kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Tickets remain on-sale and can be purchased by clicking here.