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Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal Women 1-0 Reading

Kim Little

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WHAT HAPPENED 

Kim Little made her 200th appearance in Arsenal colours a night to remember, as she scored a late winner to book our place in the in the semi-finals of the Continental League Cup.

We’ve now won each of our last 10 fixtures across all competitions, but this result was far from plain sailing.

We started brightly with Lisa Evans tormenting Natasha Harding down the right wing and finding herself through on goal twice, only to be denied by an incredible save and a vital interception.

Jill Roord then dragged a first-time effort just wide of the far post, before Jordan Nobbs, also making her 200th appearance for the club, scuffed a golden chance inside the area.

By this point our frustration started to show and rather than displaying our usual composure in possession, we allowed ourselves to be sucked into a scrappy affair.

That all changed in the second half as we pinned the Royals back to the edge of their area. The only thing missing was that all-important final touch.

First, Little saw her curling effort land on the roof of the net, before Danielle van de Donk was denied by an outstanding save from Rachael Laws.

Beth Mead then bundled a half-chance towards goal and saw it cleared off the line, and soon after Vivianne Miedema fired on to the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

The tie looked set for extra time, but with one final sweeping move, Evans raced free down the right wing and teed up Little to fire home from close range.

WHAT IT MEANS 

We’re through to the semi-finals! Stay close to Arsenal.com for further details

WHAT’S NEXT 

Joe Montemurro’s side must now prepare for their Women’s Super League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. 

The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 2pm (UK time).

Quotes

Montemurro - We did what we needed to do

Montemurro

It wasn't pretty, but we got the job done.

That was the sentiment of Joe Montemurro after seeing his side secure Continental League Cup progression with a late 1-0 win over Reading on Wednesday night.

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

on the overall performance…
There were lots of elements of frustration. The reality is that they’re a team that are busy, press high and don’t allow you to play out. They know that if we get in our rhythm then it makes it difficult for them, and they stopped us in periods of the game. They did well and we probably played ourselves into some silly areas every once in a while. But all in all, I think we created plenty of chances throughout the game and could have gone ahead in the first half. They had their chance in the second half that they really should have scored, but outside of that, I don’t think there were any other major chances.

on whether we abandoned our principles at the end of the first half…
Absolutely. Games that are stop and start can be really frustrating because you’re involved, then you’re not involved, then it starts, then it stops again. It’s a frustrating night for us, but it’s cup football and cup football has a way of springing surprises at you.  But we did what we needed to do and that shows the maturity of the team. We’re very happy to be through.

on whether he needs to make tactical tweaks when Mead starts through the middle….
It depends on the reaction of what their defenders are doing. If their defenders are very narrow, then we’ll probably try to stretch them and go beyond, and if their defenders are very wide, then we’ll try to come inside and attack spaces in-between. It depends on the positioning of their defensive line.

 

 

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