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Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal Women 11-1 Bristol City

Bristol City Women -

Meadow Park
Barclays FA Women's Super League
Barclays FA Women's Super League
  Arsenal Women
      
                  Evans (7
                   61)
                   Williamson (10)
                   Miedema (16
                   33
                   35
                   51
                   56
                   63)
                   Nobbs (54)
                   Mitchell (80)
            
   crest
Arsenal Women
Evans (7
61)
Williamson (10)
Miedema (16
33
35
51
56
63)
Nobbs (54)
Mitchell (80)
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  Bristol City Women
      
              Y. Daniels (83 pen)
          
   crest
Bristol City Women
Y. Daniels (83 pen)

WHAT HAPPENED

We recorded the highest-ever winning margin in FA Women’s Super League history as we hit 11 past Bristol City on Sunday afternoon.

Vivianne Miedema scored six times, which is also the most goals scored in a single WSL match by an individual - bringing her tally up to 22 goals in 13 starts so far this season.

Lisa Evans gave us an early lead when she popped up at the back post to head Beth Mead’s whipped cross home from close range.

We then extended our advantage moments later when Miedema broke down the wing and crossed the ball into the box, before Leah Williamson rose highest to power a header past Sophie Baggaley.

City's keeper then made a fantastic save to tip Jordan Nobbs’ effort from the edge of the box on to the bar, but the joy was shortlived when Miedema controlled well inside the box before firing low into the corner shortly after.

Miedema scored her second, and our fourth, after 33 minutes when a ball played low into the box evaded the Robins defence before our prolific striker tapped home at the far post.

The Netherlands international then completed her hat-trick two minutes later when her initial shot from inside the six-yard area was saved, but the rebound fortuitously struck her before trickling into the bottom corner.

The visitors came close to pulling a goal back early in the second half when Yana Daniels controlled well on the edge of the box before seeing her strike crash back off the crossbar.

Miedema then netted her fourth of the match when the ball broke to her inside the box, she took a touch before firing into the top corner.

Our seventh came courtesy of Jordan Nobbs who ran on to a Mead cross from the left and made no mistake from close range, and Miedema then made it eight when she swept Evans’ through ball past Baggaley.  

Minutes later, Miedema turned provider when she broke down the left and skipped past a challenge before finding Evans in the box, who grabbed a brace with a cushioned volley.

We then reached double figures as Miedema bagged her second hat-trick of the match as she collected the ball on the edge of the box, cut inside, and curled an effort into the bottom corner.

Emma Mitchell came off the bench and made it 11, after Evans had beaten two players and teed up the defender, who slammed into the roof of the net from just inside the box.

Bristol City were awarded a penalty in the closing stages when Manuela Zinsberger brought down Daniels and despite our keeper saving the initial effort, the forward slotted home the rebound.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT

Joe Montemurro's side next face Reading in the WSL on Sunday, December 8 at Adams Park

By Sam Cox

Interview

‘This shows who we are and who we want to be’

Montemurro

Joe Montemurro hailed his side’s versatility and flexibility as we put 11 past Bristol City on Sunday afternoon.

Our head coach was pleased with our ability to reflect his style of play, as we set a WSL record for the highest goal margin in a single game.

We spoke to Montemurro after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
It was a good team performance and that’s the most important thing for me that everyone shared the load. Everyone was involved and that’s who we are and who we want to be and let’s hope this continues on.

on playing three at the back…
It’s a system we’ve used before and the more we can overload the areas the more we can overload wide areas and it obviously keeps the team on the front foot. Sometimes it can be a little bit risky and we need to be brave but today was a good account of that.

on the versatility of the team…
You need that versatility if you want to go forward and in any top competition you need to be able to adapt and you need to be able to change things up but you need to be able to fluid in many areas and we were. We’ve been working towards this in the past 18 months to two years and we still have a lot of work to do but it’s a good base.

on the goals within the team…
The contribution from everyone today was fantastic and not only just in our build up play but we had to work to get back and they got us over the top a couple of times in the first half and we were still strong enough and organised enough to get back and do what we needed to do. It was very important from all accounts, not only from the goals but also from other aspects in terms of our work rate.

on stretching Bristol City…
In this sort of system there’s overloads everywhere and if you can’t go through the middle the wide areas are always open. It’s about the players respecting the situation and that’s about making the right decisions at the right time and the wide areas gave us joy.

on the importance of goal difference…
In the end I don’t think it’s going to be about goal difference in this league it’s going to be about who gets the most points at the end of the season. We want to score goals that’s how we want to play and that’s about who we are and if the goals are there we’ll get them.

on the competitive nature of the league…
It’s more difficult this season. There are better teams and we want to respect every team and from today, result wise, it’s probably not a great indicator of that. Every team is tricky, every game is difficult and we have two big games coming up against Reading and Everton. It’s definitely a lot tougher this season.

on Jordan Nobbs’ recovery…
Every experience I’ve had with a player coming back from an ACL it takes about six months until they really get into the rhythm and she’s growing day by day but we still have to manage and make sure that she’s physically strong and mentally ready and today was a positive step forward.

on the team’s strengths…
Everyone and their contribution. Leagues are not won by one or two players, they’re won by the collective, by the 18 or the 16 players who were available today. Today was a very good example of everyone working in all aspects.