Lyon 0-0 Arsenal

UEFA Women's Cup QF 1st Leg Stade Gerland Wed, Nov 14, 2007, 7pm CET

On Wednesday night, Arsenal Ladies came back from Lyon with a 0-0 draw in the Uefa Women's Cup Quarter-Final first leg. Not long after the full time whistle defender Alex Scott spoke to about the game, the second leg and the 'World Cup effect'

What did you think of your performance against Lyon?

"We definitely had more chances in the first half. We went on to hit the woodwork and their keeper came out and missed a few chances. In the second half they were more attacking, they came at us. But we should have won it."

How strong were Lyon?

"All their front line were internationals, either for France or Brazil, so we feel we defended well because there was no doubt that we had to be on top of our game tonight. But perhaps that is the best they could play tonight."

You played at the Stade de Gerland in front of 5,000, that must have been an experience?

"Yes, they play all their European games there. It was quite a hostile crowd. There was definitely a feeling of being away from home in that atmosphere.  Certain things did not go our way but we know we can regroup now for the home leg and try to be more of an attacking threat. We know we have more options up front."

Were Lyon perhaps wary of you because you won the trophy last season?

"Last year we were a bit of an unknown quantity. This year teams have raised their game quite a bit when they have played against us. Looking at it that way perhaps this was not a bad result because we can finish the job at home."

It will be a tight second leg but you have experience of that now

"We are happy to play at Boreham Wood. We were happy to play the Final there last year because we know that with our fans we can create quite a hostile environment ourselves. We have a lot of people who always come down but ever since the World Cup we have been getting really good crowds."

Is that right? Has there been a "World Cup effect". Are you being recognised?

"Yeah sometimes when we've been out with family and friends and things like that. I think that showcased our success and I think people just want to see live games in person. And there is the opportunity to come down and support the team as well of course.

"But there was no time to reflect on the World Cup though. We landed on the Sunday and on the Thursday we were playing Club football. We were straight back into it."

* The second leg will be at Boreham Wood FC next Wednesday. Kick-off 7.30pm

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15 Nov 2007