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Good evening.

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After an early break the WSL is back and it has been another dramatic

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round of action that kicked off on Thursday when two of the title

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contenders went head to head.

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Arsenal against Chelsea, always heated.

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She has got it.

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The Arsenal defence horribly hesitant and she put Chelsea ahead.

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Off the line and she is back in and Chelsea have got

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what is surely the decider.

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She scores for the second time this evening and Chelsea lead Arsenal

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by 2-0 and this will be a mighty blow to Arsenal 's

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title hopes already.

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Disappointing for Arsenal, Chelsea will be hoping for a similar

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result when the two sides meet again in the FA Cup final next month

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but tonight our focus is on the weekend's WSL action,

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plenty to do and discuss with my guests, Rachel

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Brown-Finnis and Sue Smith.

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We begin with Manchester City who hope to preserve their 100%

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record against a Birmingham side who some have tipped

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to struggle this season.

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A real departure from their glory days just four years ago.

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In May 2012, Birmingham twice came from behind against Chelsea before

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holding their nerve in a penalty shoot out to win the women's FA Cup,

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which epitomised the Blues' spirit and resilience in the process.

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Since lifting the trophy, that resolve has been tested,

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operating on a modest budget, youth now populates a squad

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decimated by the departures of key personnel.

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In stark contrast, Manchester City have invested heavily

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but could Birmingham summon their fighting spirit

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to overcome one of the title favourites?

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Nigel is your commentator.

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Last week 's agonising cup defeat to Chelsea brings

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Manchester City 's title challenge into even sharper focus.

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But Birmingham have been troublesome opponents in recent meetings,

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with a small budget, David Parker will be relying

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on the academy to develop potential stars and England under 17 striker

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Ellie Brazil makes her debut, Jade Moore is deployed as one

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of three central defenders.

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Manchester City has one change which is enforced,

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Toni Duggan is left out as a precaution, so Jennifer Beattie

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starts her first game since returning from a title winning

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loan in Melbourne, Australia.

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Asllani has yet to score following her move from PSG.

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Scott.

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Now Asllani.

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Linking up well with Bronze.

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Here is Asllani again.

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Manchester City taking early control here.

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Parris.

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That is neatly done.

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Here is the Nikita Parris.

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That is a disappointing end to a fine move.

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And Nikita Parris will be disappointed not

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to have at least hit the target from there.

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Bronze.

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Asllani has given room to turn, that will be dangerous for Birmingham.

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Here is Bronze again.

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An inviting cross and Parris is unable to supply the finish again.

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Lucy Bronze given far too much room and Jess Carter may have just done

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enough to put Parris off.

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Manchester City dominant.

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Here is Asllani again and the cross will come all the way

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through to Demi Stokes.

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A firm challenge and now Birmingham look to turn defence into attack

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and here is the youngster, Ellie Brazil, she did well.

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Now Wellings and the ball never quite sat down for her.

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That is a promising moment for Birmingham.

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The 16-year-old Ellie Brazil, heavily involved in the attack.

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Charlie Wellings just unable to provide the finish.

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It was goalless here last season but the result really dented

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City 's title challenge and here is Carter for Birmingham.

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Lawley, producing a fine save from Karen Bardsley

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who was able to gather at the second attempt.

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David Parker 's side will gain real encouragement from this.

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Carter winding up the long throw.

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And it has eventually gone behind off Beattie for a corner.

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David Parker's side, more than matching Manchester City

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at the moment.

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Jo Potter with the corner.

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And Karen Bardsley was flapping.

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And there are appeals for handball there from Birmingham.

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Jill Scott was saying that the ball seemed to strike her on the chest.

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When you see it again, the hands were out.

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And Manchester City are finding themselves in a real contest here.

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They are having to work very hard to try and prise an opening,

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here is Corboz.

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And now Stokes.

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Initially beyond Mannion and Carter, the backheel from Scott,

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Parris off the woodwork but couldn't find the back of the net.

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And Manchester City finally have the lead.

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Daphne Corboz with her first of the season and it was a very

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clever touch from Jill Scott to create the original

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chance for Nikita Parris.

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Then real composure from Daphne Corboz.

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And all of Birmingham 's hard work early on may now

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count for nothing.

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Come on, Birmingham!

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Bronze.

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City will now get the free kick for the challenge on Jane Ross.

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Who has been in fine goal-scoring form recently.

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Asllani.

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And it was Beattie 's header, but it drifted wide.

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Nick Cushing will want the second goal here.

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And Beattie not too far away.

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Houghton.

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Now Bronze again, Parris, that is nicely done,

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looking for Asllani, but Parris was caught

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and the original challenge has led to a Manchester City free kick.

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And Birmingham are beginning to look a bit weary.

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Challenge from Mannion.

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It is Steph Houghton and it is a fine save

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from Sophie Baggaley.

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And Steph Houghton was 28 years of age yesterday.

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And she almost celebrated her birthday in fine style.

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Well, Birmingham were set up to counterattack.

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But now they need to push forward in the closing stages.

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And they could be caught out at the other end.

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Here is Corboz.

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Just holding off Carter.

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And Parris is away from the challenge of Harrop.

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It is still Nikita Parris looking for Ross and that settles it!

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Three successive wins to start the season for Manchester City,

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three clean sheets as well.

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Jane Ross with her fourth goal in four games.

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Of the early evidence, this could turn out to be

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a difficult campaign for Birmingham.

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It was important that we came here and got the three points

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especially after last season, we came away with the draw.

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It is what we want to do and it is fantastic

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we got three points.

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In the first half we had the momentum, the possession

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in the opposition's half.

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We found it hard to get into the final third,

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get opportunities for a goal.

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In the second half it ebbed away.

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Was it a frustrating game especially in the second half,

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Birmingham were sitting back.

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That is something we have to deal with and maybe last season this

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would have been a draw.

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We are learning to cope with what seems to affect ua

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and hopefully we will continue to progress throughout the season.

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You had a moment in that first goal, a nice back flick.

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I do not know where that came from, it was a great passage of play.

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Everyone knows how we play, we like to dominate the ball

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and last season we want to improve in the final third in those

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sorts of areas and this year we have been good,

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that goal in particular, it is a real example of our style.

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Lindsay Hooper with the questions.

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It is the same old problem for Birmingham, they

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cannot score goals.

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They cannot.

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A mixture of lack of experience, they have a lot of injuries to key

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players but they started well.

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I thought first half, they managed to press the ball well

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and you can see here, it is good pressure,

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not just one player pressing it is two and three.

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They are higher up the field and when they win the ball

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it is a good ball into space but it is that lack of quality.

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This is a long ball forward but the two forwards in the first

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half were really pressing the ball high up the field,

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they were winning it and this is not a bad ball into the box.

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It is that quality, that final execution or a shot and here again,

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they get forward but there are more numbers getting forward.

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The fullback bombs on, the midfield runners

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and in the first half they were looking good and they put

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Manchester City under pressure.

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Not a bad effort at goal, this is the second half.

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They are running at the play which is fantastic,

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but that run infield, that is not doing anything,

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she needs to stay wide, she needs to stretch the play.

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Here, she came in in the second half, Manchester City,

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excellent, shape, organisation and they win the ball back easy,

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no options for Birmingham and it is not a great day

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for Mr Parker in the rain.

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Birmingham were awarded two penalties against Liverpool,

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one was saved, one was missed.

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Should they have been awarded one here?

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I do not think so, we had to watch it numerous times and slowed it down

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and I do not think it was.

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When you are awarded a penalty, it has to be intentional

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and as the ball comes in, Jill Scott, it does hit her arms

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and doesn't slow down, she has her arms up,

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but they are close to her body.

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The ball does not change direction.

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It will still hit her chest even if it grazes her arm.

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It does not change the flight of the ball, no penalty.

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Nick Cushing and Jill Scott said they won this game because of their

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style of play, do you agree?

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I do and it is something that Manchester City have been renowned

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for, they have been working on it for the last couple of seasons,

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they are renowned for quick passages of play, the way that they spread

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the pitch and we see it and it is classic of Manchester City

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in their two goals.

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The ball is received in midfield, there are numbers and Birmingham did

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it well in the first half, they got tight around

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Manchester City and did not give them time on the ball.

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This touch from Lucy Bronze takes her past four players

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and opens up the pitch.

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Two touches from Jill Scott and through Daphne Corboz

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it is played out wide.

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It opens the pitch, spreads them out and takes the Birmingham players

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away from Manchester City and allows them to create space.

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Well played from Jill Scott, lovely lay-off, it bounces

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and Daphne Corboz slots the ball away, very cool and well deserved

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for Manchester City.

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Birmingham in the second half, really late on, they are tiring,

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you can see the attitude.

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Potter, she should be busting a gut to get pressure on the ball,

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instead she is remonstrating with the referee and what this does

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it means that Jess Carter, whose legs are fading,

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chooses to close the ball down instead of chasing back

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with Jane Ross who, we see in a few seconds time,

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remains unmarked in the box.

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A great cross from Nikita Parris, 20 yards on her, nods it into the goal.

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Another clinical finish by Manchester City.

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Looking at the statistics for Birmingham City's goal scoring, it's

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not a surprise that they are struggling.

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We know they haven't scored this season, last season they

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only scored seven in 14.

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If you remember 2012 when they won the

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FA Cup they scored 31 goals in 14 and perhaps it's not

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a surprise bearing in

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mind the players and the quality of players who have left since then.

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They have lost the lot of quality players, look at that list.

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The likes of Isobel Christiansen, they

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are all goal-scorers and players who will create out of nothing.

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They scored numerous goals in the season and that will help,

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that lack of experience that Birmingham have,

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a lot of younger players isn't helping them this season.

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Would you expect them to be the side to go this

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season?

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I said that last week and I don't want to keep pounding at

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Birmingham but not scoring goals is a recipe for disaster.

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OK, two more games to catch up on.

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Starting at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes,

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Liverpool and Sunderland were aiming to maintain

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their unbeaten start to the season.

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Robin Cowan reports.

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Sunderland arrived at Liverpool looking to

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bounce back from last weekend's humiliating

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FA Cup semifinal defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

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Started on the front foot, Beth Mead testing

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Siobhan Chamberlain early on.

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But just minutes later they were behind,

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van de Sand and Liverpool have a player capable of unlocking

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any defence and it was her effort that came back

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off the post for Caroline Weir to turn home, giving

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the Reds the advantage.

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Sunderland shipped seven goals at Arsenal last week, looking

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Sunderland shipped seven goals at Arsenal last week, looking

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ominous again for the Black Cats when van de Sand's cross

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unfortunately found its way out

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into the net, off the back of Kayla Shuman, giving the

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hosts a comfortable first-half lead.

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The visitors did not capitulate, fighting their way back into the

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game, Brooke Chaplen taking advantage of some

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hesitant defending to pull a

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goal back just before half-time.

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Sunderland came out fighting at the start

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of the second half.

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Minutes after the restart, Liverpool again

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failed to clear their lines allowing the former Everton midfielder to mop

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up and grab a well-deserved equaliser.

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Chaplen could and probably should have been awarded a penalty

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after this challenge by Mandy Vandenberg only

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to see her claims waved away by referee Peter Wright,

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2-2 the final score.

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For me, it was a penalty and I think it was

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given as a penalty but obviously the ref has the last

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say and we cannot argue with that unfortunately.

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It was a penalty, 100%.

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I thought at the sideline, I turned to my

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assistant and said we have got away with one.

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The girls are playing great, great character, resilience

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to come back, and played some good football as well.

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Very pleased, pleased for them and the way they

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have shown great attitude and self belief.

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Both Notts County and Reading were looking for their first

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win of the 2016 campaign and it was the newly

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promoted side who took the

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lead at Meadow Lane, Helen Ward collecting

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a wayward clearance from

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Turner, her effort from distance evading Carly Telford.

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Notts were gifted an opportunity to equalise

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just after the 30 minute mark, keeper Grace Maloney failing to deal

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with Whelan's cross, captain Kirsty McGee

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inexplicably diverting the

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ball with her hand to concede a penalty.

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McGee faced no further retribution from referee Anthony

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Tankard, Clark confidently dispatched from 12 yards.

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Having restored parity Notts found themselves

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behind again, six minutes later, memories of Edmonton flooding back

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for Laura Bassett after she inadvertently turned the corner

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into her own net.

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Rick Passmore's side improved in the second half, Rachel Yankey

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picking out Jess Clarke whose deft lob rescued a point on what was

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ultimately a frustrating afternoon for the lady 'Pies.

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The basic thing today is about application, focus,

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because from Notts County, we are in this together and we will

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have to be better and one thing that these

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players normally will do is

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bounce back.

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Both Notts County and Reading still awaiting their first

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win of the new campaign but it's early days.

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Manchester City leading Chelsea by three points at the top.

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The champions with a game in hand.

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Birmingham are bottom, yet to score or gain a point so far.

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Notts County seventh place at the moment, so early

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but just one point from two games for them.

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You know the manager Rick Passmore really well, I know you're

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a big fan of him, you think he's fantastic, why do

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you think they haven't

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quite clicked so far?

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It's difficult for them, the first game against

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Manchester City I thought they played really well and they were

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unlucky to concede so late on, the 93rd minute.

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Free kick.

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Both Rick and his team were disappointed with

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that, they wanted to bounce back against Reading and they didn't and

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I think again, he will be disappointed with that result but he

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is trying to implement a new regime, a new philosophy and I think that's

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going to take time for his players to adapt to that.

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Difficult, Rachel, when you have that killer blow after

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the opening game of the season, you concede so late having put a shift

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in right until then, you have so long until the next game and you

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put so much emphasis on getting a result and you don't get it.

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It is difficult and time is not something

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really that Notts County have, the season is

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dragged out at times but

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then it is condensed at times and you cannot have five, six, seven

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games to get it right so Rick's team have got

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to get things moving on the

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pitch, got to start converting those results

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otherwise another season is

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away from them and another mediocre, mid place

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table finish is not what

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they are looking for.

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Exactly, the Liverpool Sunderland game, that

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horrible injury to Shoma, it's one of those,

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happened as a result of the

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pitch...

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Nobody anywhere near her.

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It fuels the argument for 3G and 4G pitches,

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from what we see there, it's typical of an ACL injury, a

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noncontact injury, most ACL injuries there is no

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one around you, it's a

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strange landing, the studs get caught in the pitch,

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I hope for her sake it's

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not ACL but it looked that way.

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We are waiting to hear, Lucy Staniforth

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formerly of Liverpool, now Sunderland has done her ACL twice

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and she tweeted about the pitch, it wasn't up

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to scratch, something that

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has been re-tweeted.

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Is that fair, they are the only side in the top

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division playing on that pitch.

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They are and I think that's something that needs

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to be addressed, for me personally, I don't know if it's my age but

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training on a 3G pitch is not good for the joints

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and ligaments and I think

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the fact that a lot of players have had

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injuries through that, I

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think it's something that needs to be looked at for next season.

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But you counter that, we have played the full

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World Cup on 4G pitches and...

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Exactly, it's certainly something that has been prevalent for the

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likes of Liverpool.

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Different qualities of artificial pitches,

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aren't there, but we wish her all the best.

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On a positive note, plenty of WSL players in attendance at the PFA

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Awards last night, the ceremony took place

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at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

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Sunderland's Beth Mead named Young Player of the Year before Man

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City and England star Isabel Christiansen

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was crowned Player of the Year.

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I am feeling very humbled and proud right now.

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I think every player in this room will probably

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agree that there is no better feeling than being recognised by

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fellow professionals so I am extremely

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honoured and proud, in

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amongst such a talented group of nominees, this means the absolute

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world to me, so thank you.

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CHEERING.

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Well done, Izzy, fantastic award for

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her.

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How much do you think she deserves the award?

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100%, she deserves it.

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She was the difference for Man City in the second half of

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the season last year and it's great, along with the award of the PFA

0:23:100:23:13

Player of the Year to get in the senior England squad which I am

0:23:130:23:16

hoping she will be able to go on and build caps.

0:23:160:23:24

You would expect her to be one of the stars for years to come

0:23:240:23:28

but what does she bring to Man City, injured

0:23:280:23:30

at the moment but also to

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England?

0:23:310:23:32

She is one of the engines of Man City, brings quality, her

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sort of finishing prowess is second bar none, she is a box to box player

0:23:350:23:39

and we see, it's the timing of her run,

0:23:390:23:41

she is jogging and then a

0:23:410:23:42

change of pace takes her away from the Sunderland defender,

0:23:420:23:45

really sort of cool finish, she is in the right

0:23:450:23:47

place at the right time which tends to be just

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inside that 18-yard box.

0:23:500:23:51

Or just on the outside in that case but we see this, probably the

0:23:510:23:54

best pick of the bunch, beautiful, top right-hand corner.

0:23:540:23:56

Getting towards the finished article, she

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has found her home at Man City.

0:23:590:24:02

A talented lass, isn't she, but how good is it for

0:24:020:24:04

the game in this country, it wasn't one of the Lionesses from the World

0:24:040:24:08

Cup that won it?

0:24:080:24:10

It is and when you are nominated by your peers, fellow

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professionals, that always makes it a little bit more special.

0:24:130:24:17

Beth Mead getting the Young Player of the

0:24:170:24:19

Year, highly talented, scored bags of goals,

0:24:190:24:22

12 in 14 games in the

0:24:220:24:24

league last season, no surprise?

0:24:240:24:26

Prolific.

0:24:260:24:29

I think that's the word that encapsulates what she is, she

0:24:290:24:31

has done that at every single level, not yet been given her opportunity

0:24:310:24:34

at international level but we see what she did last season.

0:24:340:24:38

An all-round goal-scorer and you see,

0:24:380:24:41

in the box, the right place, great header,

0:24:410:24:47

not good with her head just but she stretches defences, cool and

0:24:470:24:50

calm finishing when she gets there and again, showing her pace.

0:24:500:24:53

She gets forward and in front of goal, she

0:24:530:24:55

is cool and calm, plays it to the bottom and fantastic feet,

0:24:550:24:58

beating 3-4 defenders and rifles it in the

0:24:580:25:00

top corner.

0:25:000:25:03

Good strength against Niamh Fahey, stays on her feet,

0:25:040:25:06

passing into the net.

0:25:060:25:08

Fantastic, she fully deserves the award.

0:25:080:25:11

She is nearly 21 years old but hasn't

0:25:110:25:13

received that England cap as yet, been in the squad, but not

0:25:130:25:16

tried, why do you think

0:25:160:25:17

that is?

0:25:170:25:19

Not entirely sure, clinical finisher, pace

0:25:190:25:21

in behind, strength on

0:25:210:25:23

the ball, I don't really understand why she has not been called up by

0:25:230:25:27

England, certainly not been given that first cap because she has been

0:25:270:25:30

prolific, strong, and she has been amazing in the league so far.

0:25:300:25:35

OK, let's look at the PFA Team of the

0:25:360:25:38

Year.

0:25:380:25:40

We know it was won by Izzy Christiansen,

0:25:400:25:42

is there anybody there or not there that you think perhaps

0:25:420:25:44

could have been there?

0:25:440:25:46

Some very good players in there and all

0:25:480:25:50

well-deserved.

0:25:500:25:52

We spoke earlier, we said maybe Gemma Davidson, good season

0:25:520:25:54

last season, Claire Rafferty had a good World Cup...

0:25:540:25:57

A couple, but I think they have pretty much got it

0:25:570:26:00

spot on.

0:26:000:26:03

Anybody else for you?

0:26:030:26:04

No, I think Claire Rafferty from a defensive perspective, I had to put

0:26:040:26:07

that in there, has shone for the Lionesses as well

0:26:070:26:10

as her club, last season.

0:26:100:26:12

Well done to everybody, you couldn't vote

0:26:120:26:14

for the PFA Player of the

0:26:140:26:16

Year but you can get involved with this year's BBC World Service

0:26:160:26:19

Footballer of the Year award.

0:26:190:26:21

The short list of nominees was revealed

0:26:210:26:23

yesterday, here they are...

0:26:230:26:26

The World Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, voted.

0:26:350:26:41

The World Player of the Year in the FIFA awards.

0:26:410:26:44

You can vote via text or online for all the details, head

0:26:520:26:54

over to the BBC Sport website.

0:26:540:26:58

Finally this week we head to the Hive where Bristol City were looking

0:26:580:27:02

to build momentum in their bid to gain promotion from WSL 2, facing

0:27:020:27:05

London Bees.

0:27:050:27:08

Patience proved a virtue for Bristol City against

0:27:130:27:16

plucky London Bees side on Sunday afternoon,

0:27:160:27:18

taking over an hour for

0:27:180:27:21

the Vixens to break the Bees resistance, Arthur's cross

0:27:210:27:24

finding its way in fortuitously by the assistance of the far post.

0:27:240:27:27

And within four minutes the lead was doubled,

0:27:300:27:33

the short corner routine allowing Jodie Brett to find a way

0:27:330:27:41

into the box, the cross turned home by substitute Paige Sawyer.

0:27:410:27:44

The victory was wrapped up with 15 minutes to

0:27:440:27:46

play, Brett avoiding contact with Farrow's through ball

0:27:460:27:49

allowing Olivia Ferguson to race through from an

0:27:490:27:52

onside position to finish past Harris and seal a 3-0

0:27:520:27:54

win for the visitors.

0:27:540:27:57

That win for Bristol City moves them up to third,

0:28:030:28:05

level with Everton who overcame Watford 3-0.

0:28:050:28:08

Both sides sitting two points behind early

0:28:080:28:11

leaders Durham who made it three out of three at the weekend.

0:28:110:28:15

It's FA Girls' Football Week and 25,000 5-16

0:28:150:28:17

-year-olds taking part, so good luck to all of you.

0:28:170:28:21

That's just about all we have time for tonight, back next

0:28:210:28:24

Monday night at the usual time of 11:15pm and we will have extended

0:28:240:28:28

highlights of Notts County versus Liverpool.

0:28:280:28:31

Thanks to Rachel and Sue, great to see you again.

0:28:330:28:35

Still early days in the WSL 1 season but only

0:28:350:28:37

Man City and Chelsea have 100% records.

0:28:370:28:40

Goodbye for now.

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