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29/10/2017

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Hello and welcome to the home of the

WSL 1 champions, Manchester City

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have enjoyed their fair share of

success in this dressing room over

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the past 18 months. Today, it's all

about maintaining momentum in this

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year's title race. Nick Cushing's

side welcome may Birmingham City

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side more than capable of halting

Manchester City's season. Pat Nevin

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puts the formidable forward line

under the microscope. After three

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years at the helm, Arsenal say adios

to Pedro Martinez Losa. We have had

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our first managerial casualty of the

season. We'll see how Arsenal get on

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at Everton without Pedro later. In

the company of Rachel Brown-Finnis,

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it's all about this match.

Historically Birmingham City have

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been a bogey team for Manchester

City. They have looked confident

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recently. They don't have Ellen

White, one of their star striker 's,

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out injured. But with Rachel

Williams, I think they will prove a

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tough test for Manchester City.

The

WSL 1 champions, FA Cup holders and

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Continental cup champions have their

sights set on further silverware.

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It's been an incredibly rewarding

last couple of seasons for

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Manchester City. Success familiar

foes Birmingham have had to

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witnessed first-hand.

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Finally Lucy Bronze has the opener.

They are the 20 16th WSL Continental

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cup winners.

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Unbeaten and champions. History is

made in Manchester.

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Manchester City lead Birmingham 1-0.

It's two. Izzy Christiansen

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arriving. Carli Lloyd surely puts

the FA Cup final beyond Birmingham.

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Jill Scott, to wrap it up for

Manchester City. The Golden girls of

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English football. They have

completed the domestic treble inside

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12 months.

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No silverware on offer today, but

after earning a draw on both their

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previous visits to Manchester in the

league, Birmingham arrived with one

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aim, to end City's perfect start to

the season. COMMENTATOR: Manchester

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City making one change to the side

that won in the Champions League

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before the international break. Izzy

Christiansen is another formerly of

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Birmingham's Paris. She scored

against them in the FA Cup final in

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May. Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley

returns to the bench for the first

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time since injuring herself in

Europe 2017. Sargent, Quinn and

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Williams come in for Birmingham

City. The injuries are stacking up

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for Marc Skinner's side. Leading

scorer Ellen White remains sidelined

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with a groin issue. Ellen West has

been suffering with illness all

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week. Keep an eye on Jess Carter,

the PFA Young Player of the Year

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last season, just 20 and making

great strides.

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The flag stays down against Jess

Carter. She is too strong for

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McManus. Carter pulls it back. The

effort in the end from Williams was

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a little week after some terrific

build-up play by the 20-year-old

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Carter. A second spell with the

club, Rachel Williams. Originally

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here between 2011 and 2013 for

Birmingham City. Returns to the club

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in May. Ellie Roebuck is closed

down. Lucky that Manchester City

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haven't cleared their lines. Lucy

Quinn has managed to find the back

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of the net. Terrific strike by

Quinn. Birmingham City shocking

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Manchester City inside the opening

ten minutes. Quinn's effort bending

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and looping, too hot to handle for

Ellie Roebuck. Terrific retaken by

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Quinn. Walsh being harassed by

Williams.

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Lovely delivery from Lawley. That's

the first chance of the game. They

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had over the top of the crossbar

from Jane Ross. That's the first

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time Birmingham have been opened up

by the hosts.

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Lawley watched expertly by Paige

Williams, who has nullified all the

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threat coming from the right-hand

side. Izzy Christiansen's delivery

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aims to the near post to a Jill

Scott was waiting. The shot from

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distance brilliantly saved by

Ann-Katrin Berger. Add to spring to

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her left side to keep it out. Heavy

clearance for Nikita Parris to

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challenge with Kerys Harrop. It

bounces nicely for Jill Scott.

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Christiansen! The first opening of

the second-half falls to the former

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Birmingham City player. Straight at

burger. Birmingham 15 minutes away

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from recording what would be a

significant victory. It's a poor

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clearance by burger. Stanway can't

reach it. Nikita Parris did. The

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referee gives a penalty to

Manchester City. Nikita Parris

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caught by the backtracking Paige

Williams. The home side might just

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have been presented with the gift

they needed to maintain their

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unbeaten record this season. Izzy

Christiansen against her former

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club. She finds the net and gives

Manchester City a crucial equaliser.

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They have had to wait a long time.

They have had to be patient. But

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Christiansen has scored the goal

that might provide the platform for

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the home side to try to turn this

game around completely. Nikita

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Parris goes down again. The referee

has blown the whistle here. Just

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wonder what the referee has seen.

Kerys Harrop has kicked a player off

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the ball. That's what's been

spotted. It's a red card. Kerys

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Harrop sent off. Birmingham City's

afternoon has gone from wonderful to

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woeful in the space of five minutes.

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Stanway applying the pressure to

Hayley Ladd. If you haven't seen a

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Megan Campbell throw before, watch

this. It's quite outstanding. It

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loops in for a Manchester City

winner in stoppage time. Campbell's

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delivery caused all sorts of

problems. And Jennifer Beattie rose

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highest to nod it beyond burger.

Birmingham City's resistance with

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ten players might be futile. The

chance for City to potentially wrap

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it up. It will be another penalty.

Ann-Katrin Berger was rash, flying

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into the challenge. Christiansen for

the second time, scoring again. If

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there was any doubt about it

becoming a Manchester City victory,

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it is now confirmed by Izzy

Christiansen, the former Birmingham

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City player, who has her second of

the match, both from the spot. It

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was the last action of the game.

Manchester City women 3-1 Birmingham

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City ladies.

Really mixed emotions,

as you can tell. I'm bubbling,

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really proud of them and we can kick

on from that. We have faced

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everything. We've had sendings off

this season. Late penalties. We've

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had everything. That will only help

to build experiences going forward,

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so I'm really pleased with them. I

have just told them that. They are

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tiering up, but they are young, a

lot of them are babies. It's about

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them understanding that you have to

believe you can take these teams on.

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You don't have to fear coming to

Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal,

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Liverpool, Reading, who are flying.

Don't fear it, embrace it. The girls

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have done that today, pressing in

their half. They know they can be

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dangerous getting in behind. When

they go over the edge and start to

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believe that more. Days like today

will build in their memory and give

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them the next platform. I hope and

believe it is that. The psychology

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to beat these teams and take them

on. That's what I think it is.

City

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maintain their perfect start to the

season. We are joined by goal-scorer

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Jennifer Beattie. What a finish to

the game the.

It definitely went

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down to the wire. We know we weren't

on par. Delighted with three points.

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How frustrating and afternoon was

it?

Credit to Birmingham, they made

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it incredibly hard. They are a very

good team. We say every year it gets

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harder to win the league. We showed

that today that it will get harder

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and harder, but we were happy with

three points and take it into the

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Continental cup on Thursday.

This

season, playing gap from the back

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has been very good. Ellie Roebuck

and her competence with her feet. It

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has risks and rewards. Is it a theme

running through the club, and it's

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taken from Pep Guardiola and the

men's side?

Definitely. As a club,

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overall, men's, women's, youth,

everything. We want to play

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attractive football. We don't just

want to launch it. When it goes

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wrong it can be risky, but we put

confidence in all the players,

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goalkeepers, defenders, we want to

play like that throughout. When it

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works, it's really good, but when it

doesn't work, hopefully it doesn't

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go wrong as many times as we would

want.

When Birmingham press, how

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difficult does it make it to find a

way around?

It's always difficult.

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When teams want to play a high

pressing game, that's the confidence

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that we have with our goalkeeper and

the back line and the players in

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front of us. We have confidence and

quality, technically and tactically

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to play through teams and break the

lines. We tried to do that today and

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will continue to work on it through

the season.

Well done today Jenny,

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and Manchester City. We now heads to

Widnes where Arsenal facing Everton

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side looking for their first points

of the season. They arrived without

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a manager with Pedro Martinez Losa

losing their manager earlier this

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week.

They go home with nothing.

It's the beginning of the season and

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we want to fit the pieces together.

Disappointment for the Gunners,

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losing more ground in the title

race.

At the moment, all the

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performances have fallen short of

expectation.

Asked women confirm

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manager Pedro Martinez Losa has left

the club three years in charge after

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one win from their opening three WSL

and fixtures, Arsenal announced the

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departure of Pedro Martinez Losa on

Wednesday. The Spaniard arrived as a

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replacement for Shelley Kerr in

2014, guiding the Gunners to the 20

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15th Continental cup before securing

more silverware at Wembley a year

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later.

Arsenal are the FA Cup

winners.

However he was unable to

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regain the WSL 1 title, a task now

passing to his successor, who the

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club hope to appoint in the near

future.

It was a shock to everyone.

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As a team and club we had a huge

respect for Pedro. He took a time

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when we were not professional, into

a transition into when we were

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professional. We thank him for that.

Is there a feeling that as players

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you have underperformed since he

came in?

I have to shoulder some

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responsibility as the captain of the

club. Maybe somebody who knows the

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values and standards, I haven't

driven that into all the players

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coming through the door in the last

three years. We need three points

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today, and that will reignite our

season. Not over.

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His assistant was placed in

temporary charge today, hoping to

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get back to winning ways against

Everton. Commentary from Tom Gale.

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Arsenal on the attack. She has

signed an opening, that is in off

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the ball! What a finish! Miedema.

Just enough room and she put the

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ball over the helpless Durack in the

Everton goal. She goes for the power

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and that was a good save, Lizzie

Durack. Everton clear the lines.

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Arsenal being patient, looking to

close out space. That is a neat run.

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Walker, that was a great play and

save from Van Veenendaal. The ball

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is in the back the net and

unfortunately the referee blew her

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whistle well in advance. I think

that was for a little bit of

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pushing. Quick pressure by Arsenal.

George closes it down. A great save

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from Durack.

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It was tipped over, another great

save from Lizzie Durack. That is

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ago! What a goal that was! One touch

to control it and the keeper looked

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to grasp it but unfortunately was

unable to.

I am happy for the

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players because they have been

working with them from preseason and

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they have shown a huge

professionalism this week, I am very

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happy for the performance and we are

looking forward to the next match

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because we want to play again and

play better.

I am still seeing lots

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of things that give me great belief

that we are going in the right

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direction but we only can go so far,

we want to convert those into

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results and we have to be ruthless.

A good result for Arsenal on the

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pitch after a difficult week off the

pitch, what do you make of the

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decision to sack Pedro?

I think it

is the right decision to move

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Arsenal forward, he had three years

at the club and although he has want

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two trophies, they have not

progressed at the same speed as his

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rivals, Man City, Chelsea, and there

has been a number of players he has

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brought in and there has been a

revolving door, senior players have

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been moved on and new players have

not settled. They have not had a

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settled team. I heard this

discontent in the pace of the

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training, it was not up to scratch

and honestly, I don't think the

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girls look as fit as they could be.

Fantastic group of players on paper,

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players who were part of that

European championship win for

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Holland, Jodie Taylor, a player by

new manager could convince to sign

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another contract. What count of

calibre of manager do you think

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Arsenal should be looking for?

There

will be good candidates in this

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country but the nature of WSL, it

probably will be a full-time

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professional league, it could draw

some of the very best managers from

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across the world.

One player who

will not be there is Alex Scott,

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usually with us, she is retiring,

what a career.

She has been through

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the highs and lows with England, the

most decorated in the FA Cup for

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Arsenal. A glittering career and it

is looking good for her on the media

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front so we welcome her on board.

A

quick word on Everton, a tough start

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to the season, will they be

disappointed?

They have not been

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absolutely blown away by any team.

Andy Spence has a young team and if

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you look at the teams they have

played, it is the next three

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fixtures that are very important.

They have not got points on the

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board this season.

We can look

around the rest of the WSL 1.

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Chelsea were looking to maintain

their 100% start to the season

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against Yeovil, still looking for

their first point. Yeovil made the

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journey in the hopes of cost and

upset against an unbeaten Chelsea.

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The hopes were dented after seven

minutes when this dazzling run from

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Cuthbert left a simple finish for

Crystal Dunn. The neat pass find Eni

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Aluko, who doubled the lead. Anna

Hay signed a new three-year deal at

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Chelsea this week and so on her side

had three goals. Carney heading

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home. Chelsea were 6-0 winners last

they met and Yeovil will have

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studied different the worst when a

minute later, there was a second run

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at Dunn, with only 23 minutes

played. Yeovil proved more resilient

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in defence in the second half and it

needed a moment of brilliance to

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reignite the Chelsea attack as Karen

Carney took aim from distance to

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make it five in style. This was

Aluko's for a start for Chelsea this

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season and she proved her worth.

Cementing another convincing

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victory.

We have played against one

of the best sides in Europe and have

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created more today than in the

previous three games, shots on

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target, we have caused problems and

whether people will say Chelsea have

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taken their foot off the gas, we

have to do what is in front of us.

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Some need more recovery, returning

from international camp, it is a

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team game and for us as a squad

game, we want to compete for four

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trophies this year.

Sunderland

welcomed Liverpool on Saturday and

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it was a promising start for the

home side. The floating free kick

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from Elie Stewart denied. Early

pressure from Sunderland and

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Staniforth had this long range

effort that soared past Chamberlain.

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An early contender for goal of the

season. Liverpool suffered

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back-to-back defeats before the

international break but responded

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quickly. A powerful run by Alex

Greenwood with the lovely ball to

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the Natasha Harding soccer around

Rachael Laws to level the score and

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stunned the home side. The

conditions in the north-east were

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challenging and the corner from

Green would find its way to the back

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of the net with the help of the wind

and perhaps Casey Stoney. Harding

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had just returned from 12 years in

Russia and showed no signs of

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tiredness, chipping over the rushing

laws and put daylight between the

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sides. -- 12 days. Liverpool has

scored four on each of the previous

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meetings of Sunderland and the

confidence high, Harding capped an

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impressive performance, sealing the

hat-trick with five minutes to go.

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The girls did well and if it was not

my team-mates I could not have

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scored those goals. It is down to

their hard work.

Reading were

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looking for their second win of the

season against Bristol City. Fara

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Williams been an instant impact,

firing Reading ahead in the opening

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three minutes. Like Reading, Bristol

were looking for their second

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victory, having beating Yeovil in

the opening, game but they found

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themselves two behind when Rowe

bounced in off the post. With barely

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time to compose themselves Bristol

but under pressure, leading

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relentless attack as Fara Williams

set up Allen to slot home her second

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of the season. It went from bad to

worse for Bristol when Remi Allen

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was brought down after half an hour

and the referee immediately pointed

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to the spot. Chapman stepped up but

the effort came off the crossbar.

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City were resolute against Arsenal

last time, earning an impressive

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drop but their result was broken as

Jade Moore added a fourth with 20

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minutes remaining. Reading have

continued to improve in the top flag

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and a dominant display was finished

by Rachel Rowe, wagging her second

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of the match as Reading took all

three points to stay in third, ahead

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of Arsenal in the table. We know we

have goal-scorers and we're making

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sure to score goals, whether it is

in training, working technically.

It

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is nice to have that range and

variety of players on the

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scoresheet.

Chelsea still top of the

pile through superior goal

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difference but Man City are keeping

pace, Reading's redstart sees them

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reading the rest of the chasing pack

while Everton and Yeovil are yet to

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pick up their first points of the

season. You can set goal alerts for

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all ten WSL 1 teams in the BBC Sport

up. WSL 2 and Millwall lead the way

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after winning at the London Bees and

Doncaster with the performance of

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the weekend in the second tier with

that 6-0 win over Aston Villa. We

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are joined by Nick Cushing. You must

be extra pleased that despite not

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being at your best, you could grind

that light and that is maybe a

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different side of Manchester City?

I

say all the time that to win the

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league you have to have every side

of the game, to come from behind, to

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win when you play poorly and have

resilience and be able to poor

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performances on and play well at

times so from 2016 we have had that

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side of the game.

Another win by a

sales but elsewhere, another good

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win for Reading but having seen

Bristol City weeks back at Arsenal,

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it is a setback?

It is but Reading

have been playing fantastic football

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this season. They are starting to

really get what they deserve from

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their full-time programme and the

players they have recruited in the

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Spring Series and the season, they

are quality outfit.

And that fourth

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goal from Staniforth? Early

contender?

Arsenal playing Everton

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this weekend, there is no Losa. What

are your thoughts on him leaving and

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does this show that with the

professionalism of the women's game,

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managers have to deliver?

Every club

has their desires and their goals of

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what they want and ours is to win

and that brings pressure and

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expectation and I can only comment

on my job, there is an expectation

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to win but that is from myself and I

expect to win and I put myself under

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pressure and I enjoy that pressure,

the fact that for 70 minutes I have

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to find a way to win and today we

had Megan Campbell with the

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throw-in. There is pressure and the

league is supercompetitive, anybody

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can beat anybody. Today's game shows

that.

Champions League,

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expectations? They are very good

team, in the competition every year

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we have been a team, they are at the

level, Champions League is difficult

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and they are the Norwegian

champions, just like the Austrian

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champions. We have to put on a

performance and be the best version

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of us, we have to improve from

today. If we play the way we can and

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control the game and we create

chances and convert them, we will

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give ourselves every chance.

We wish

you all the very best. Chelsea also

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have Champions League at the back of

their minds, and hey's side have

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been free in 2017 and Pat Nevin has

been taking a look at what makes

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their forward line so formidable.

Kirby! Chelsea rampant.

Precise

0:26:430:26:55

finish. The top scorers in the WSL

are at it again.

What a fantastic 12

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months it has been for Chelsea

Ladies, an amazing amount of goals

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to score. Why are the scoring so

many goals? It helps if you have a

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lot of very good players,

international and world-class

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players. And it helps if you have a

good manager as well and they have

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that with Emily Hayes. Real quality

but also she encourages them to get

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forward. This is what they do, they

get the ball forward as often as

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possible, often getting it wide to

the quality players, this time it is

0:27:310:27:37

Davison and in the box, they have a

bunch of players wanting to get in

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there, five or six sometimes. And

they will make sure that of the

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chance arises, they will take it.

There is a willingness to attack and

0:27:450:27:50

attack in numbers so that is an

important point. Real quality

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players have something else and

their armoury and that is being calm

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under pressure. Chelsea players,

when they get into the box, seem to

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be very calm, time and again in

position, they do not panic. Don't

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smash this, password, side foot into

the corner, the best goal-scorers

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can do that and it is all over the

pitch. Are they good enough? They

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are. And it doesn't need to be the

low pass into the corner, if you

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have quality, just curl it into the

top corner and that is a fabulous

0:28:260:28:29

goal. Not as good as this, lovely

little hold-up play, fantastic

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dummy. That is world-class quality.

If you scored that goal at any level

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with that skill, into the top

corner, you know that there is

0:28:390:28:44

nothing you can do to stop it.

Totally calm when they need to be in

0:28:440:28:50

front of goal. You also need the

ability to create with a little bit

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of vision and they have more of the

little. They have huge amounts of

0:28:540:28:58

vision all the way through the team

and this is a mark of a very good

0:28:580:29:01

player.

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The Balkans to Eni Aluko, and she

doesn't thump it across. She looks

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to see if she can find a mate. --

the ball comes across. When the ball

0:29:090:29:18

Landseer, it will be some pass to

get it in there. A beautiful,

0:29:180:29:21

cushioned pass. Looking the other

way, a no look shot. Players try no

0:29:210:29:28

look passes, that is a no look shot.

The keeper has no idea where the

0:29:280:29:32

ball will go. But a class. Fantastic

ability throughout the team. They're

0:29:320:29:38

off four players around her, she

takes the tackle, takes the hit, or

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does she have the vision to leave

it? She leaves it, another little

0:29:420:29:46

dummy and the ball is in the back of

the net once again. Davis and down

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the left-hand side. She has great

skills, lovely step over. But the

0:29:510:29:57

cross always seems to come in.

Chest, head, hold, or cushion the

0:29:570:30:04

header knowing your team-mate has

the capability? That's phenomenal.

0:30:040:30:09

My favourite, I love this. Down the

left-hand side with Davison again.

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If she shoots to the posts, a 90%

chance of a goal. But if you have

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the vision and play that ball, you

have a 100% chance of a goal. It's

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about having phenomenal vision, and

these Chelsea players have it. I was

0:30:260:30:30

a winger so I'm slightly biased, but

I have always felt the most

0:30:300:30:34

dangerous ball to stop in a game of

football is when you get to the

0:30:340:30:37

byline and cut it back. It looks

dead easy but you have to have the

0:30:370:30:42

pace, skill and willingness to get

to those areas. Chelsea do it time

0:30:420:30:46

and time again. You get an amazing

number of tap ins from those areas.

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The reasons why Chelsea score so

many goals, that'll be the top

0:30:510:30:55

coach, the top players, and a

willingness to get forward all the

0:30:550:31:00

time and the manager backing them

all the way. On top of that, it's

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not just one or two of them, it's a

whole bunch that are capable of

0:31:040:31:08

doing that. That's what they have in

their favour and the problem

0:31:080:31:12

everyone else in the league as to

stop them.

0:31:120:31:14

Chelsea with another six unanswered

goals today. Eni Aluko with two. As

0:31:170:31:27

well as Crystal Dunn and Karen

Carney. How do you stop it?

0:31:270:31:40

Liverpool showed the best in a

stretch of how to try to stop them.

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Drop off, the compact and narrow

when you don't have the ball. It

0:31:440:31:47

makes it frustrating to try to play

through them. But then Chelsea will

0:31:470:31:50

play wide with players like Davison

and Karen Carney. They are very

0:31:500:31:56

difficult to stop. As far as the job

Emma Hayes is doing managing

0:31:560:32:01

players, the likes of Ji So-Yun, Eni

Aluko, Ramona Bachmann,

0:32:010:32:11

international players, she's doing a

wonderful job of managing. Not just

0:32:110:32:15

tactics, but the management of

players.

Eni Aluko played a big part

0:32:150:32:19

today. The FA have apologised to her

and Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence in

0:32:190:32:24

the select committee hearing over

the handling of the Mark Sampson

0:32:240:32:27

case. The third investigation found

the former England manager may

0:32:270:32:32

discriminatory marks. The FA's

handling of the case came under

0:32:320:32:36

scrutiny and was condemned by the

committee. So much to go over this.

0:32:360:32:41

What can be learned from this

process?

Hopefully it will be a

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catalyst for institutional change.

There are a lot of things that have

0:32:460:32:49

been unearthed that need to be

changed and have been recognised. I

0:32:490:32:52

think Eni Aluko should be commended

for the way she has dealt with this,

0:32:520:32:56

such dignity following it through

from start to finish.

Thank you for

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joining me today. That's it from us.

We will be back in a fortnight. But

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there is plenty more sport to come

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to town. -- Halloween weekend scare.

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