FA Women’s Super League
Arsenal Women v Aston Villa Women
The Gunners can take another step towards Champions League qualification with a win over struggling Villa.
A 2-1 triumph at Everton last time out kept the Gunners three points clear of Manchester United.
Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro told www.thefa.com: “You have to give a lot of credit to the girls there, we probably did enough to win the game a bit earlier than we did, but sometimes in football that isn’t to be. We made sure we won it in the end.
“You sometimes have to find a different solution and that is what we managed to do. It might not have been pretty but that is the reality. You have to give a lot of credit to Everton as well, they changed their system and put us under a little bit of pressure.
“The reality is that your work is rewarded by where you end up and we are very comfortable, and confident that we should be back in the Champions League.”
Birmingham City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women
Spurs were beaten by a much-changed Chelsea side during the week, although their place in the FAWSL is already assured.
Boss, Rehanne Skinner, remained upbeat, explaining: “At half-time, the priority was we’d stayed in the game and done it extremely well out of possession for large chunks of the first half.
“You might switch off for a moment against a team like Chelsea and they’ll create a problem for you, which is when we conceded that goal. But we’d done a lot of what our game plan was.
“Ultimately it was about continuing to work hard and retain our compactness, and not make it easy for them. The players put in a real shift in today, which I’m proud of, and credit to them.”
Chelsea Women v Reading Women
Top of the league, a Champions League final to look forward to, all in a day’s work for Emma Hayes and her Chelsea side.
Hayes fielded a much-changed side to face Spurs during the week, but it made little difference as Chelsea cantered home by two unanswered goals: “Whenever you change a lot of numbers, you have to rely on those players to come to the team and fit seamlessly even though they haven’t played a lot of football,” Hayes explained.
“I think it’s the hardest thing to do. It’s a job done and credit to the whole squad for getting another win for us.
“I think at 0-0, with the number of chances we missed, I was always a little conscious that a set piece would set-piece or something.
“I thought the timing of the first goal came when we needed it, you don’t really want to come into half time at 0-0 but that settled everybody.
“The message was to build on being in front and consolidate it.”
West Ham United Women v Manchester City Women
West Ham conclude their campaign against title-chasing Man City.
The Hammers played out a tense goalless draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park last time out, securing their place in the division, despite passing up several decent opportunities.
“It’s sort of been the tale of our season,” Boss, Olli Harder said
“We had a couple of moments where we had our goalkeeper come up big, but other than that it was a relatively good performance from us.
“We wanted more, but obviously the point is pretty massive and we’ll take that – it’s another small step.
“Unfortunately for us, the goals either all come at once or they don’t come at all – I think that’s the third 0-0 we’ve had in the last four games, but that’s how it goes.
“We’re really pleased with the energy and the intensity and the quality that we’ve shown and it was a pretty good performance from us that just missed the icing on the cake.
“Every game matters, nothing is done yet and this was another small step, again towards survival, which obviously was the goal when I arrived here; to make sure the team stays in the league.”
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Bristol City Women
Manchester United Women v Everton Women