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‘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.

Interview

Miedema This win could make all the difference

Vivianne Miedema believes our record-breaking win against Bristol City on Sunday afternoon could make all the difference at the end of the season.

The Netherlands international scored six goals and set a WSL record in the process.

We spoke to Miedema after the match and this is what she said:

on the performance…
I think we played really good football, I had expected Bristol to have played a little better after our last game in the cup. It’s obviously hard for them as well and instead of stopping playing, we played really well for 90 minutes and we wanted to score more goals and I think that says a lot about the team today.  

on the message the win sends…
We want to win the league again and qualify for the Champions League and we knew that the last couple of games have been hard for us and very difficult. I think 1-0 or 2-0 wins won’t be enough at the end of the season and getting a good goal difference today might make a difference at the end of the season.

on her individual performance…
I don’t really think I’ve played like that before. I felt really good today and I was probably happier with my assists today. I felt really good and I’m happy that I could help the team and I’m happy that we won today.

on her fitness…
I do feel a little closer [to full fitness], but also I’m looking forward to the Christmas holidays. There’s three more games until then and we need to focus on them, we need to get six points in the league and win the League Cup game. I think we’ve got the players to play a three at the back and a four and that really helps us.

on the importance of goal difference…
At half-time we did say it to the girls that we need to work on our goal difference and we did that in the second half as well. I think it’s really easy to play a good first half and then drop off in the second half but I think we kept our level up and we scored more goals in the second half.

on taking the result into the next game…
We just need to be confident because the next game is going to be tough away to Reading and we need to be ready again. We need to train as well as we have all week and we need to win that game because it’s really important.

on the fluidity of the team…
A lot of our players can play different positions, Lisa Evans can come in, Beth can come in and obviously Danielle van de Donk and Jordan Nobbs. I think that’s the good thing about us right now, we don’t need to just stand in our positions, we need to just mix it up and I’m really happy about that and it suits the other players and it helped us a lot today.