On the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game…
[They are] ecstatic after that performance, and relieved I think. Last week we came away from Spain really disappointed at ourselves because we were by far the second best team. We knew we had a lot of things to change and to see that put into practice was really pleasing and if you can change those things you have a chance at winning the game. I would have liked it not to be so heart-wrenching but we got there in the end. We were really pleased with the difference in our performance from last week to this week.

On what the performance says about the character of her team…
Coming back from last week says a lot about them. The seven days from last week to this week have probably been the most important managerially [since I joined the Club]. You learn a lot about your players when the chips are down and they went out today and proved they can dig a result out. The character of the players shone through and I think that was what got us the victory in the end.

On Katie Chapman’s experience helping the team…
I think Katie coming back to us was a massive bonus. You can’t buy experience and I think when you match someone like Katie with Jordan Nobbs, who is making her debut start, the mixture will do us good. I think the experienced players stood up and were counted. They may not have played their best games but their character shone through. She is a class act.

On exactly what the win means to Arsenal as a Club…
It means everything. We’re a team that has got a lot of expectation around it and we have got good history but it means nothing if you can’t keep performing and producing results. For the Club it is massive because we want to be successful and the only way you are successful is if you go into every game with the right mentality. I don’t think we did that last week and we got punished for that. This week we turned it around and got the result that we needed. As I will be saying to the players when they’ve calmed down we can’t keep going into the first leg of a tie thinking ‘we will always be alright when we get back home’. It’s something to work on but today means absolutely everything.

On Gilly Flaherty’s red card…
I didn’t really see it from where I was but I think it was a sending off and she’s got learn from it. She’s young, she’s got a lot of experience at club level but she’s got to learn to manage her frustrations.

On what her players will have learnt from the tie…
The last seven days have been a massive learning curve for the group. I think if you are ever going to be successful you have to learn from your mistakes and we made lot of mistakes last week. We put a lot of things right from last week and we’ve got to make sure we take that into the next leg.

On the team’s plans for the winter…
We’re going to have a bit of break. We will have Christmas off and then we prepare to start again in March. So a bit of a breather now between November and Christmas. I think we need to be apart from each other a bit! We will re-group again in January and then push on for the next round of the Champions League and the Super League.

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