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Miedema We made a 180-degree turn at half time

Viv

Vivianne Miedema was at her clinical best on Thursday night, scoring twice to help us secure a valuable 3-2 win over Liverpool on the road.

Coming into this fixture, the Netherlands international was on a goal drought by her own lofty standards, having gone four Women’s Super League games without a goal - but that didn’t last long as she made it 1-1 with an instinctive finish on the half-hour mark, before climbing high inside the area to head home a late winner.

We spoke to Miedema after the final whistle - and this is what she said:

on scoring twice…
I think I’m more worried about how I am physically right now. I struggle myself as well and I’m happy that I could even play tonight and happy that I could help the team. I mean we just need to carry on from now on.

on any potential injuries…
I’m not carrying any knocks I just have a sore back. I can’t really do anything about it and hopefully it will sort itself out. Obviously it doesn’t really help with the pitches we’re playing at sometimes, but today was okay so we can’t complain.

on the match…
I think they made it really hard for us in the first half. We didn’t play our football and their football did a good job. They had two chances and they both finished them and obviously for us coming back after half-time we knew that hopefully one goal was enough and it was enough today. I think we are a little lucky getting the three points.

on playing Liverpool…
You could see today that defensively they’re organised. We knew that before, and I think in the first half we didn’t really switch the ball enough and in the second half before the crosses were coming in you can kind of see that we created more chances. It doesn’t really say much, we won the game, I don’t care if it’s 5-4 or 1-0, I’m just happy we got three points today because that’s what we needed.

on Joe’s words at half-time…
He was upset with the way we played but we all were so we kind of knew that once we came out in the second half we had to make a 180 degree turn. I think that we did that, we controlled the game a little better but it was still not up to our standard. Obviously we have Sunday in the FA Cup and the week after that against Reading we need to up our game.

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Montemurro on Foord, FA Cup, Grant, Filis

Montemurro

Joe Montemurro was full of praise for his squad and the Women’s FA Cup itself as we advanced into the quarter-finals of the competition with a 2-0 victory over Lewes on Sunday.

Caitlin Foord scored during on her debut, while Melissa Filis and Ruby Grant also started at Meadow Park.

We spoke to our head coach after the match, and this is what he said:

on the performance…
It was exactly what we wanted. We were professional in terms of getting players some minutes, it was good to give some players some games and we got everyone in a good shape for next week’s game. It was a good test for us.

on his words at half-time…
We had to continue what we were doing and it was just a matter of time before we produced that final product and that final situation. We got there many times in the first half but we have to finish them and that’s part of the game. I think we just relaxed a little bit more and we just got into our rhythm and found the opportunities.

on Caitlin Foord’s arrival…
She’s been great, she’s a great girl to have around and all the players have really taken to her and really welcomed her. We look forward to some really exciting stuff from her in the coming weeks.

on the importance of the FA Cup…
Every competition that we’re in is important, there’s not one that we take lightly. We go out to win every competition for the respect of the competition and also for th Arsenal brand. It’s very important that we play our football, I think we did really well today in keeping the ball and trying to probe and open up. The style that we do it is very important so they’re all important competitions for us.

on Melisa Fillis and Ruby Grant’s development…
They have to be patient. Opportunities are few and far between and today was a great opportunity to give them some match minutes and it’s just game rhythm for them now. With the more opportunities they get, the more into the rhythm they become with the tempo that we play. They’ll be fine and it’s great to give young players the opportunities and I love working with young players and helping them develop.

By Sam Cox

 

 

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