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Nobbs - I’m pleased we won… but we need to tidy up

Jordan Nobbs booked our ticket to our sixth Continental Cup final with a late goal against Reading on Sunday.

The midfielder already has already won the competition four times and gave this assessment of the performance to Arsenal.com after the game.

on the result…
We seemed to be leaving things to the last minute and we had a lot of chances today, but we do need to take them and we did that. Overall we’re showing great character in our team and the main thing is we’re in the final. I’m very proud of the team today, to come back and we played well, but we do need tidy up a bit and not concede as many goals.

on how it felt to score the winner…
I believe in this team right now and everything we’re doing. I don’t care who got it, I’m just glad it went in, but it ended up being mine. I’m just glad it went in the back of the net.

on reaching our sixth Continental Cup final…
I’ve got four, so it’s always a trophy I want to carry on winning and I want to make sure I can get as many as I can at this club and hopefully we can take our chances in the final. I’m looking forward to it.

on whether we can win it…
Of course we can win it, we have got to the final, won it before and have experience in big pressure games. We have all the tools and just need to prepare right for it.

on the upcoming WSL game against Reading…
You can’t take any team in this league for granted and Reading have pushed as a squad. They got two goals today and we know we need to be careful, but hopefully we knocked a bit of confidence out of them. We can beat them again.

News

SSE Women’s FA Cup fixture date confirmed

The date and kick-off time for our SSE Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Yeovil Town has been confirmed.

We will face the Glovers in early February. See below for the full match details:

FA Cup fourth round 
Yeovil Town v Arsenal
Weston Super Mare FC
Date: Sunday, February 4
Kick-off: 2pm (UK time) 

Post-Match Report

Women: Reading 2-3 Arsenal - Report

By Lloyd Webb at Adams Park 

How it happened 

We booked our place in our sixth Continental Cup final thanks to Jordan Nobbs' late winner in a dramatic 3-2 victory against Reading. 

It didn’t take long for us to take the lead at Adams Park. With just five minutes gone, Beth Mead ghosted in at the back post to poke home Dan Carter’s dangerous cross.

Our joy was short lived however, as the hosts immediately hit back thanks to a curled effort from Brooke Chaplen from the edge of the box, just two minutes later. 

With the equaliser coming against the run of play, Joe Montemurro’s side reasserted control as they looked to carve open Reading’s resolute defence. Vivianne Miedema tested Grace Maloney with a stinging volley from a difficult angle, before Nobbs raced forward and fired over the bar.

Chances were few and far between as the semi-final went into the break level, with Chaplen only able to force Van Veenendaal into a routine stop. 

Reading came out after half-time on the offensive, although they were almost made to pay for it. Latching onto a loose pass, Carter raced through on goal but was thwarted by an outstretched Moloney. 

Danielle Van de Donk later created space for Miedema with a clever back heel, but the striker was unable to hit the target. 

Moments later, we were punished for their missed opportunities. Unable to clear the ball from defence, Lauren Bruton found the bottom corner with a low strike - leaving us with it all to do in the final 20 minutes. 

Just as it started to look as if we would miss out on a place in the final, Miedema sent the travelling fans into ecstasy with a composed finished inside the box.

The drama didn't stop there. As the clock slowly ticked towards full-time, Nobbs pounced on Moloney's inability to deal with a cross and took us to the final with the deftest of touches.

What it means 

Manchester City’s 1-0 victory against Chelsea sets up what promises to be a highly-entertaining final in March. 

What’s next

Reading will be looking to avenge their defeat in two weeks’ time as we return to WSL action at the same venue. 

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