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Montemurro We had to draw them out in wide areas

Montemurro

We returned to winning ways in the Women’s Super League on Thursday night as we beat Liverpool 3-2 on the road.

The Reds boasted the WSL’s fifth strongest defence coming into this fixture, and they initially took the lead, but some impressive wide play and passing combinations saw us fight back to secure all three points and keep our title hopes alive. 

We spoke to Joe Montemurro after the final whistle - and this is what he said:

on all three goals coming from crosses…
Their full backs were very aggressive in terms of coming inside and following our wingers so we found the space out wide and we worked a lot to that. We got the joy from exposing them in wide areas and the finishing was exceptional.

on countering Liverpool’s strengths…
We had to wait. The thing is they were so deep and we usually now build up and usually break a line or a second line to then penetrate and we weren’t able to do that in the first half. We had to sort of draw them out in terms of wide areas and low and behold we got the rewards.

on the goals conceded…
It’s very uncharacteristic, we’re usually very good in our understanding in transition moments. We’re very good in preparing ourselves in terms of when we need to drop off and when we need to. Between bad body positions against Man City, between situations that is keeping the press one way. I think it’s more of the phase before that I’ve been working on than the actual goal itself, that’s what’s concerned me a little bit because even if we go back to the Man City game and there were opportunities to keep them one way and keep them away from goal. We didn’t do that and Man City got the result that day. Today was the same , we should have been in more advanced position to press the ball. We got caught on the way back with balls over the top.

on the injuries in the squad…
With Kim Little it’s very interesting because it was just bruising and we thought we would give her one more week and she would be fine. We took some scans and it was more than that. Lia Walti, she just pinched her hamstring the day before the game doing some rondo and possession work. It’s developed a little bit more. Are they fatigue? I don’t know. Are they things that were there for a while and it developed? I don’t know. It’s unfortunate and we felt that missing the Man City game they would be back.

on Katrine Veje’s injury…
Katrine is going through some issues at the moment and we’re just supporting her on that. That’s been another one where unfortunately you tick it off at the start of the year as part of the squad but it’s unfortunately hasn’t developed.

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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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