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Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham United

Villa saw their winning run halted by a West Ham victory that was overshadowed by a prolonged altercation following a foul. 

In the stoppage time incident, there was a red card for Cissoko and a yellow for Mayling, shortly followed by another red for West Ham Manager, Paul Konchesky. 

But more importantly for West Ham, they were able to take home the three points, putting them sixth in the table.

Speaking after the match to whufc.com, Manager Paul Konchesky said; “Our aim was to come here and get the three points and we were able to do that, which means we’re going home with smiles on our faces.”

For The Hammers, goals came from captain Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and midfielder Honoka Hayashi.

Villa fought back with a late goal from Kenza Dali. A missed penalty by Alisha Lehmann meant they threw away the chance to level.

Speaking to avfc.co.uk after the match, Villa manager, Carla Ward, said; “It’s one of those days that we learn from and we’ll go again. 

There’s a lot of heart we can take from today but ultimately, we’re frustrated to be going away with nothing.”

Next up for The Hammers is Reading at home. Aston Villa will host Everton.

Everton 1-3 Chelsea 

Chelsea battled it out with Everton, taking home the three points following their third-straight victory 

Before the game, Chelsea’s players warmed up in kit displaying the message – Get Well Soon Emma – directed at boss, Emma Hayes, who is recovering from surgery. Fans offered their support by chanting her name throughout the game.

Pernille Harder marked her first game of the season with a brace and substitute Niamh Charles closed out the game with a late goal. 

Speaking after the match, Chelsea general manager, Paul Green spoke about Harder returning from injury; “We missed her in the early part of the season but coming back and having a player of her quality, it’s great to call on her services.”

Everton’s only goal came from a Kadeisha Buchanan own goal.

Speaking to evertonfc.com, manager, Brian Sørensen, said; “In patches, we did really good, but we need to keep that intensity, that momentum and that coolness on the ball that we showed over the ninety. We have to reflect and get better.”

In better news for Everton, there was a new home attendance record set, with 1,668 spectators at Walton Hall Park for this clash.

Next weekend Everton travels to Aston Villa, while Chelsea takes on Brighton and Hove Albion.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Liverpool

Impressive Tottenham saw off Liverpool to earn their first victory at their new Brisbane Road home.

Spurs were dominant, with efforts from Drew Spence and Ashleigh Neville 

hitting the woodwork during the first half. Niamh Fahey’s own goal sealed the Lilywhites victory.

Speaking to tottenhamhotspur.com after the game, Spurs boss, Rehanne Skinner said: “I thought we were fantastic and made life really difficult for them. Pleased that we’ve shown the character that we’re about in both parts of the game.”

After Liverpool’s statement win in their opening game against Chelsea, Matt Beard’s team have not tasted victory since and remain without a goal in open play.

Next up, Tottenham has another home fixture, this time against Manchester City, meanwhile, Liverpool hosts Arsenal.

Reading 0-1 Arsenal

It was a hard-fought win in the driving rain for Arsenal, with just a goal between the teams.

The Royals made them work for their three points. The Gunners were in full control in the first half but after the break, things got a little more uncomfortable with Reading piling on the pressure and going close on several occasions.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Gunners manager, Jonas Eidevall said “When you only have one goal it’s always going to be a little bit more edgy in the last minutes. I think we controlled it overall. We’re happy with the clean sheet, we keep on fighting for it.”

Reading manager Kelly Chambers will take much encouragement from her team’s performance and will look to push on for their next game.

Speaking to Sky Sports, she said; “We’re creating chances, that’s the positive thing. Arsenal are expected to win this game. We’ve got to take the positives and build on that performance.”

Two records were broken over the course of the evening – Reading welcomed their highest home attendance of 3,611 and Arsenal’s number one, Manuela Zinsberger set a new WSL record with her eighth consecutive clean sheet.

Reading goes to West Ham next weekend, looking for their first win of the season. Arsenal head up to Prenton Park for their first meeting with newly promoted Liverpool.

Brian Jeeves

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