The FA Women’s Super League, Championship and Champions League – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, May 2

Aston Villa Women v West Ham United Women
West Ham United can secure their FAWSL status with a win at Villa Park.

The Hammers were beaten by two unanswered goals at Arsenal during the week. Nevertheless, Head Coach, Ollie Harde thought his side were perhaps better than the scoreline suggested “I thought we could have got more out of the game,” he told www.thefa.com.

“Obviously, Arsenal are a top-class team and for us, it was about creating as much pressure as possible and not allowing them to dictate in the way that they want to.

“We showed great application, great effort, seeing my girls chasing them around – after 90 minutes, we were still chasing them around – was just fantastic. We just lacked quality in some big moments, I thought.”

Everton Women v Arsenal Women
Arsenal took a huge step towards a top-three finish with a Vivianne Miedema inspired midweek win over West Ham.

Gunners chief, Joe Montemurro heaped praise on the Dutch international, explaining: “I think Viv’s qualities and her football and her accolades in what she does speak for themselves.

“I’ve said it from day one with Viv that she gets the rewards for what she does, but also look at the teamwork she did today.

“She was backing off and finding good positioning when she needed to defend, she was positioning herself when we won the ball in transition, as we worked on during the week, and her selfless nature is important.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Bristol City Women v Manchester United Women
Reading Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women
Manchester City Women v Birmingham City Women

Women’s Champions League semi-final, second-leg
Chelsea Women v FC Bayern München Ladies (agg 1-2)
Emma Hayes has issued a rallying cry ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second-leg tie with Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues trail 2-1 from the first tie; “I know what we have to do and everyone in the dressing room will know what they have to do,” the Blues chief boss told www.chelseafc.com.

“It’s important to get over the disappointment of the result and focus on the objective and the objective is qualifying for the final.

“Bayern are excited by their result but trust me, I will make sure the team puts in the performance of their life next week.”

FA Women’s Championship
Blackburn Ladies v Sheffield United Women
Crystal Palace Women v Lewes Women
Durham Women v Coventry United Ladies
Leicester City Women v Charlton Athletic Women
Liverpool Women v London City Lionesses

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Brian Jeeves

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