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Chelsea remains at the top of the FAWSL table going into the Christmas break, with Arsenal leapfrogging Manchester United to take second place.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 West Ham United

West Ham took home the three points in the London derby at Brisbane Road.

Two goals in the second half, from Iceland international Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and French international Hawa Cissoko, secured the win for the Hammers, taking them up to fifth place in the table.

Brynjarsdóttir’s goal made up for her missed penalty in the first half. For Cissoko, it was her first league goal, and back in the starting lineup after a five-match suspension.

Dagny Brynjarsdottir of West Ham United celebrates her goal against Tottenham Hotspur Women at Brisbane Road (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Irons manager Paul Konchesky was pleased to keep a clean sheet and to go into the Christmas break with a win.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, he said: “We’ve had ups and downs so far this season and, being brutally honest, we could have picked up a few more points up – but we haven’t and we are where we are. I’m proud of the group that we have here, and I’m proud of my staff and the hard work that they’ve put in.”

It was the third defeat in a row for The Lilywhites and manager Rehanne Skinner was disappointed with the result.

Speaking to Spursplay, she said: “We just have to make sure we look at the things weren’t not doing well and we’ve got to make sure we actually do something about it. Action speaks louder than words I think and that’s something that’s got to move forward into the next game.“

Hawa Cissoko of West Ham United scores their second goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport_

Next up, Tottenham Hotspur host Everton on Wednesday, picking up their postponed match from November due to a waterlogged pitch. West Ham host Manchester City on 15 January.

Aston Villa 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal came from behind to take the win at Villa Park, taking them two points clear of Manchester United in the table.

Aston Villa started the game strongly, taking a shock lead in the sixth minute with a goal from Kirsty Hanson. Arsenal continued to look a little shaky and some may have wondered if another upset was in store.

But things started to unravel after an own goal by Rachel Corsie in the twenty-sixth minute opened the game up. A volley by Vivianne Miedema four minutes later meant Arsenal ended the half with a much stronger hold on the game.

The Gunners continued to control the game into the 2nd half, and a tap-in from Katie McCabe put the game even further from reach for Aston Villa.

They continued to fight on, with some promising attacks, often with Alisha Lehmann as a playmaker, but ultimately could not get the better of The Gunners.

Substitute Jordan Nobbs’ eighty-fourth-minute strike racked up Arsenal’s 500th WSL goal and sealed the victory.

Manager, Jonas Eidevall was pleased with his team’s performance and how they changed their fortunes after conceding early.

Speaking to skysports.com, he said: “It was very good to keep the patience and the composure, even if we conceded a goal in the beginning. We kept playing our way that gives us the possibility & opportunity today to come back and turn the game around and I think that’s important.”

Despite the loss, Aston Villa manager Carla Ward is pleased with how her team have performed since the start of the season.

Speaking to www.avfc.co.uk, she said: “We’ve surpassed the points of where we were at this point last year. We have more wins so we’re progressing in the right way. We can look forward to a bright second half of the season.”

Next up for the teams, Arsenal host Chelsea in a clash at the Emirates and Aston Villa faces Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea 3-2 Reading 

Chelsea’s win was not quite as straightforward as some might have thought as Reading made them fight for their win, coming back from three nil down at Kingsmeadow.

Bitter cold and driving snow made for difficult playing conditions

Fran Kirby opened the scoring in the 16th minute, though there was some controversy over whether it should have been called offside from the build-up play involving Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.

There was a brace for Jelana Cankovic, as Chelsea headed in at half-time 3-0 up.

In the second half, the tables looked like they might be turned as Reading fought back with goals from Sanne Troelsgaard and Amalie Eikeland in quick succession.

The comeback made for a frantic final portion of the game as Reading went in search of an all-important equaliser and Chelsea probed for a fourth.

As the snow continued to fall, ultimately, The Blues finished with their three points. But Reading will be boosted by their performance against the league leaders.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was pleased with the win but knew her side could have done better t keep a clean sheet.

Speaking to www.skysports.com, she said: “Complacency led into the second half. We gave away a cheap goal and credit to Reading, who got the second and made the game interesting for you guys at home.”

Reading manager Kelly Chambers was gutted not to take home any points from their performance but pleased they showed they were able to compete with the best.

Speaking to www.skysports.com, she said: “The belief the girls came out with, we wanted more energy and aggression. Fair play to the girls we didn’t sit back and stay safe at 3-0. I am really proud of these girls, they deserved something out of this game over the ninety minutes, but the performance is what I wanted and this gives us something to build on.”

After the Christmas break, Chelsea travels to The Emirates to face Arsenal and Reading face Everton.

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