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Good evening. It has been another thrilling weekend off action as the

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race to become champions continued. Leaders Manchester City were aiming

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to maintain the league's only unbeaten record when they travelled

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to Notts County. Would Chelsea get a reaction against bottom team

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Doncaster? And Arsenal also looking to keep up the pressure at the top

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with victory over Sunderland. With plenty to discuss and dissect this

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evening, we are in safe hands with former Everton and England

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goalkeeper, Rachel Brown-Finnis. We begin with W S pacemakers Manchester

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City, who went to Notts County. They hit the ground running in the

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opening weeks of the season, winning their first six games without

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conceding a goal. Including this 2-0 victory at rivals Chelsea. The

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header is in. Jennifer Beattie celebrates. Manchester City in

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control of this game and the title race. Successive draws against

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Liverpool opened the door for Chelsea but the Sky Blues haven't

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been able to capitalise on their games in hand, making sure unbeaten

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Manchester City started the weekend still at the top of the WSL one

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table. COMMENTATOR: home county debuts for

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a couple of players. Carly Telford is recovering from ankle injury. It

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is the same XI that started at Liverpool last week. PFA women's

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Player of the Year, Isobel Christiansen is back to full

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fitness. Georgia Stanway gets the nod over Toni Duggan in the front

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three. Das Walsh had the presence of mind to

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pick out Bronze on the far side. All the way across the Georgia

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Stanway. Christiansen battling for it. It has

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fallen to Ross. Devastating finish, first sight of goal she has had and

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she that the lewdly clinical. Ninth goal of the season for Scotland

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international. 1-0 Manchester City. You couldn't say that wasn't coming

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the way City started and the intention they played with.

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Christiansen tried to knock it through the legs but could not get

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rid of it, Notts County and they will be disappointed. As soon as the

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ball drops for Ross, no question where it would end up, right in the

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back of the net. Stanway looking for Isobel Christiansen. Ross arriving

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in the middle, a whole bunch of them arriving in there. A really good

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ball from Stanway and good defending in the end from Rouet. Taken short

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by Christiansen to Parris. So many attacking threats in this Manchester

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City side. A good ball in from Campbell. It is Scott. She applied

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the finish. Such a well-placed header. A good cross from Campbell,

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accurate in terms of getting on the head, it also had the pace. Being a

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really tall player, she wasn't really challenged. The accuracy of

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her header. The Notts County defenders would be happy with that.

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Stanway, only got Nikita Parris in support but others arriving. It is

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Jane Ross. That is a beauty. She is absolutely loving life and

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Manchester City. Brilliant play firstly from Stanway and the way

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with the move, they capitalise on any mistake Notts County make. You

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see the run of Christiansen and straightaway, the ball into Jane

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Ross and she still has to finish. It is again a good finish. The last

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minute of the half, there will be added time after a couple of injury

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time stoppages. It was swung in dangerously by Campbell. Houghton

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was in the area and got a touch on it. It will be a corner. Every ball

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going into the box looks like it'll end up in the goal, something Notts

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County need put right. It has come out to Stanway. It is another one. A

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lovely hit from the 17-year-old. So many bodies in front of Stanway. I

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think it got a knock in the end, but even so, Walsh has no chance. So

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many bodies in front of it. Williams and White making a run into

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the middle. They have gone for a penalty and they have got one. The

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challenge was by Houghton. No complaints from Manchester City.

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Rachel Williams looked like she was already on her way down but Steph

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Horton did kick out. Jess Clarke takes it. She's scores comfortably.

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Just what Notts County needed for their confidence. They had to start

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the second half positively. She does not miss.

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Parris has gone in behind and will go for goal. Just got aeons. That

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touch allowed the goalkeeper to try to make the save. A really good stop

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by Walsh. Just that last touch by Parris. Nobody could catch her.

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Demi Stokes just behind Ross. Crichton. I heard a shout that Ross

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was on top of her. Christiansen. She is back. What a hit from Isobel

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Christiansen. At terrific finish. A bit of a quest in here, a challenge

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on Crichton. Notts County asking why we didn't get a free kick and

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everybody seemed to stop but that is a great finish from Christiansen.

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She still has to finish whether people stop in front of her not.

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Bronze looking to get beyond Parris. Parris swings it in just beyond Ross

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but it will be a corner kick for Manchester City. Campbell and

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Houghton each in there. It came off Luik and a fabulous save by Walsh.

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You know when you catch one really right in terms of the volley, which

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she did, but what a great save from Megan Walsh. She will be happy with

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that one. The final minute of added time. Another one of those long

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throw winds coming from Campbell. Incredible distance on it. It is off

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the crossbar. She was close to her first WSL goal, the Dutch

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international. In the final third, we have been crying out for being

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clinical and we have really started to score a lot of goals. We did not

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have intensity, we didn't get around the pitch on looked like we had a

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formula. It was an easy and clinical victory for Manchester City.

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STUDIO: This was more than a return to form for Manchester City. They

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looked absolutely outstanding, the type of football that everybody

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wants to see. They were free-flowing, confident and very

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clinical. Especially impressive in the first half, but they did not

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play to their usual intensity. Rick Passmoor used that phrase a lot.

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What did he mean? He likes his team to put pressure on players so when

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the opposition are in session, they are up tight against them and City

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did not allow Notts County to do that. Getting pressure on the ball

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is really difficult. What they did is pin Notts County back, they

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didn't have a chance. They didn't defend well, they were disjointed,

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disorganised, they lacked putting any pressure on Manchester City in

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the dangerous areas. City flood players forward but Notts County

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just drop and drop. The tenacity from Christiansen here is wonderful

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and we see her get rewards later Ron but it is similar pictures

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throughout the game. This is really congested throughout the middle, a

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misplaced pass, Laura Bassett should have looked to go wider. Not

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convincing defending and not tracking runners. Crichton did not

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have a particularly good game but what quality from Jane Ross once

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again. A couple of touches and getting it in the back of the net. A

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consistent thing Notts County didn't do well is lock off the edge of the

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box. Give players like Stanway, Christiansen, take your pick of the

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strikers and midfielders at City, give them space and time at the edge

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of the box and that is what they will do. A heavy defeat for Notts

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County and one clean sheet all season. How much pressure is Rick

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Passmoor under? You think immense pressure. They have dropped points,

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last season they didn't necessarily have the great performances but they

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got through games and they got to Cup finals. It is not happening this

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season. They are not grinding out results. Whether teams have wise and

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to their ways and that pressure is not enough. They have added quality

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but it isn't happening. Megan Campbell made a cameo appearance in

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their last match, she impressed you from the start? She started ahead of

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Demi Stokes. She caused such a problem for the goalkeeper. You have

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to set up to mark the two players, that is four players to come

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through. The trajectory of Megan Campbell's, they fly into the box.

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It is difficult for Megan Walsh in goal to get any convincing punch but

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what Notts County didn't deal with was the second ball. Whether it is a

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punch or ahead, clearing the ball, they have to pounce on the second

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ball and Manchester City got chance after chance and we see the quality

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from Megan Campbell with her throwing. She whipped the ball in

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with her left foot and they get their results, Manchester City. This

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is a beautiful ball, a dip and a swerve and a header from Scott. It

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should not have gone in the net but it did. Is it Isobel Christiansen

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who is back? What a great strike. Her first start this season and she

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does add quality and what a depth of squad Manchester City have. Notts

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County should have cleared this. It is not a free kick. Nobody puts

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pressure on Isobel Christiansen. The edge of the box. Give Georgia

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Stanway time, a player of such quality, she will put it in the back

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of the goal. This is not a free kick, Notts County are too deep and

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they don't address the ball. No pressure again on the ball and it is

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in the back of the net for city map. We had next to Chelsea looking to

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bounce back from the disappointment of the late defeat to Arsenal last

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week against Doncaster side still searching for their first point of

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the season. Chelsea must still be smarting from

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the defeat last week to Arsenal sold Doncaster must be wary of a

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backlash. Rebekah Spencer start in goal. Katie Chapman is a rest

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following a head injury in training. Doncaster are without the suspended

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captain but Christie Murray Bextor first start following the move from

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Celtic as manager Emma Coates looks to revamp the bottom club in the

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league. Rafferty. England. She almost slips it through to Aluko.

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Roberts finding her goalkeeper. Doncaster survived, perhaps just a

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temporary reprieve. Here is Aluko and Chelsea have the lead! Eniola

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Aluko providing the finish, a well worked goal. Giving Chelsea the

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edge. Spencer, the clearance finding Aluko. Here is England. More

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horrific play from Chelsea. Almost a wonderful second goal. Delicately

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done by Beth England against former club, inches away from what would

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have been the goals of the season so far. Another challenge and another

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free kick conceded by bright. Chelsea giving Doncaster a number of

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set these opportunities around the penalty area. Going for gold, and a

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five -- fine save from Spencer. The goalkeeper really excelling. Carney.

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Bright finds Rafferty. Carney in support. Now G. Back towards Aluko

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again. And Chelsea almost finished the first half with a second goal.

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Chelsea had so many options. Aluko eventually linking up with England.

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Simpkins got to her just in time. A silky turn from Omarsdottir,

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Humphrey to her left but she looks to the right. Humphrey! What a

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chance for the equalising goal. Emma Coates's team with a real

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opportunity to put Chelsea under real pressure. And here is Aluko,

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England in support. What says! Beth England close to scoring once again

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against former club and this time she was denied by the agility of

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Nicola Hobbs. Carney. Davison just giving Chelsea something different

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as they move forward now. Including passes like that too gorgeous. And

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she makes it to- nil full stop it has never been straightforward for

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Chelsea today. They finally looked to put Doncaster Belles away. -- Ana

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Borges. Aluko looking to go all the way, a powerful run outstanding goal

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from Aluko. All her own work as she skipped away from challenge after

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challenge and then produced an explosive finish. And she delivers a

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real moment to remember for the champions. Ji So-Yun. Now Davison.

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Chelsea queueing up for the cross and there is number four. And

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finally Beth England has the goal but she deserves. Davison has been

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central to Chelsea 's improvement in the second half of the fourth goal

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finished off by Beth England. Chelsea have not been utterly

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dominant in terms of performance but you cannot argue with the scoreline.

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We used the full width of the pitch and that made the difference.

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Getting out wide, stretching the game out. The fitness was better

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than theirs. There are a much improved side under the new manager

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so credit to them. You can see glimmers, and the periods that we

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are doing well are extended for longer periods of time. We have got

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to do that for 90 minutes. At first it was about winning the game,

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keeping a clean sheet, that was our main objective today. I'm pleased to

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get on the scoresheet. A lot has been said about your partnership

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with less. She always work so hard and is great in the air, always in

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the right position. I was happy for her to get on the scoresheet. We

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have been doing a lot of pairings in training put up it is just about

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getting the goals. Gemma coming on had a massive impact. We are

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starting to click a bit more. Starting to gel a little bit after

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six months. So Chelsea back to winning ways.

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Beth England in for Davison to good effect. Absolutely. Beth England is

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a strong presence, she is disciplined in the role and links up

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extremely well with Aluko, creating any chances throughout the game.

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Linking up logically well with Ji So-Yun as well. Beth England in this

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case becomes a higher player and should have taken that chance but

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good interchange between the three. They have been working on that in

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training because it was instinctive stuff. Their heads were down, Beth

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England knew where Aluko was an threaded the ball through perfectly

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for her to finish efficiently. Emma Hayes spoke about post-match,

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Chelsea, their wit proved the difference. Doncaster were compact

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down the middle, and this battle we had between Ana Borges, really bore

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no fruit for Chelsea. On loan from Liverpool, Pacheco did not allow the

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ball and the player to get past. So not a lot of joy for Chelsea. A bit

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one-dimensional, Ana Borges, she has the speed but not a lot of skill or

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trickery and it just was not working for Chelsea. And congested in the

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middle. Very much so. That was recognised and they brought on

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Davison, very much a live wire who likes to create the space. Gemma

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Davison and Ana Borges against the Djeko. They kept drawing Pacheco out

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wide. And then Ana Borges was allowed to pick up passes. A torrid

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time for Pacheco. Gemma Davison very effective. Momentum has been key for

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both sides, Doncaster playing catch up in terms of fixtures. For Chelsea

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they have an enforced hiatus of five weeks without a fixture. How harmful

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could that be to their title chances? It could be but only if you

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let it. Manchester City and reference to the fact that they in

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their four weeks off they played friendly games and scored a lot of

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goals. Coming into the last thing with a lot of confidence. Chelsea

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need to do the same. Two more games to catch up on, we start with

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Sunderland who welcomed Arsenal, they had scored 12 goals against

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them in the previous two meetings. Would there not change? -- would

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their luck change? Asked not used to being in front

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against Sunderland and it took them ten minutes to take the lead.

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Speculative and not dealt with by Williams who compounded her error by

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bringing down Carter in the box. Rachael Laws did well to fend off

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the Willian spot kick. But nothing she could do about the rebound. The

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gunner is beginning to play with supreme confidence. This only topped

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by the exquisite finish. The fourth goal of the season for Nobbs. And

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she could have as a second not long after. The cut back perfect. The

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shop denied by the woodwork. Martinez called on Dominique Janssen

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to fill in at left-back and the Dutch youngster was instrumental in

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the third goal. The game now seemingly out of sight for

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Sunderland. Despite tough results, Carlton Fairweather side have showed

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dogged determination the season and never gave up on the game.

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Sunderland Dell does did enough to push the ball past the post. Then

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Arsenal put the cherry on top of excellent performance, Van de Donk

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had the straight and paste to fend off Daniel Brown. Again it was

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Williams to step up to the 12 yards and this time made no mistake and

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buried her penalty to register a 16th goal for Arsenal over

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Sunderland the season. Birmingham arrived at Adams Park open to extend

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their unbeaten run against a red inside still looking for the first

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win in WSL1. It was Reading who came out strongly in the second half.

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Fletcher with an improvised finish to put them in front. Branyan

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responded well, breaking with day. Schofield found Lyndon and the

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German striker brought the best out of birds. The pressure told as the

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red innkeeper was eventually beaten. Harrop was across. Lyndon

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registering her first goal on British soil. Blues boss David

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Parker frustrated that his side did not leave with all three points

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after a series of good chances. Wellings had the best of these. The

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game ended with honours even. That one for Birmingham keeps them

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in contention for a Champions League spot. Arsenal, their fourth

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successive win sees them keep those with Chelsea and Manchester City at

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the top. To quote Sunderland defender Henry Sharp, Arsenal are

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the best footballing team in the league. Do you think that they can

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gate-crash the title race? Manchester City have got points on

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the board, and coming towards the business end of the season that is

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what counts. But they looked confident since the FA Cup final

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win. Emma Hayes incensed at the decision not to award Chelsea

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penalty last week. Do you think often Fairweather would be aggrieved

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against the Sunderland penalty? Maybe in the heat of the game but

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watching the run back, unfortunately it is a penalty. Van de Donk holds

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the ball up, draws in a little tap from Daniel Brown. She

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inexperienced, Van de Donk is experienced and that is the

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difference. The referee is close enough and probably heard the

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contact. Whether it is a soft novelty, it is contact. In the box,

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it is a penalty. A massive win for the top three, Arsenal, Man City and

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Chelsea, but at the bottom three promoted sides. It is a bit worrying

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and shows the difference. WSL2 is virtually all amateur with some

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semiprofessional. WSL1, to compete in that, you they have to be a fully

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professional outfit or verging on that at least. It is difficult, WSL2

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teams need to look at it and plan for their promotion prospects.

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Yeoville will be having to follow in the footsteps of Sunderland and

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Reading and achieve promotion as champions of yourself too. They will

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have to do it without their top scorer Sarah will chirp she scored

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her 12th goal of the season in the victory over Bambi. But she

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announced that she was pregnant. Good luck to Sarah. Yeoville at the

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top of WSL2 then, Everton kept up the pressure on the top two after

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they made it back-to-back victories without 1- nil win at Oxford United.

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That is about it from us, thank you to Rachel, we're back at the same

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time next week when two former Douglas L1 champions go

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head-to-head. We will have highlights of Arsenal against

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Liverpool at 11:15pm on BBC Two or from 8:30am on the red button.

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Manchester City with the pacesetters in WSL1 during the first half the

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season and they remain top after yesterday's blistering first-half

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performance against Notts County. Goodbye for now.

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