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UWCL Preview: Arsenal v Blues

Posted: Sat 29 Mar 2014
Author: Chris Quinn

UWCL Preview: Arsenal Ladies v Blues Ladies

Image by: Ville Vuorinen

Birmingham City Ladies will look to write another chapter in the club's history on Sunday by securing a spot in the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals.

Blues head to Barnet's The Hive stadium to face Arsenal Ladies (2pm kick-off) for the second-leg of their 'Battle of Britain' quarter-final tie.

The Gunners were the overwhelming favourites to prevail from Monday’s first leg clash, but it is Blues who take a 1-0 lead into this weekend's game following Remi Allen’s 26th minute strike.

A wonderful defensive display saw Arsenal fail to register a single shot on target as Blues laid the foundations for their victory, but David Parker’s side created plenty of chances of their own and may feel aggrieved at not having a bigger lead to take to Barnet’s.

Parker is expecting the 2007 winners to come out on the offensive tomorrow, but has warned the hosts that they cannot afford to concede against his team.

The Blues boss said: “Arsenal are a top side and they’ll play around you and keep passing, so we’ve got to do what we do best. If we try and play open and expansive then we’ll get done and we know that.

“There’s an awful lot of work for us still to do. It’s a cliché, but it is only half-time in the tie. We’ve got a slender lead, but it gives us an opportunity to build on it. The first goal is key and will influence how the game changes.

“Arsenal know they need to keep a clean sheet no matter what they do. If they do allow us to get an away goal then it completely changes the tie and the advantage will be fully in our favour.”

Midfielder Allen was just one of a number of debutants in a very youthful Blues side, the average age of which was just 20.2 years. That included 16-year-old midfielder Jessica Carter, who put in a player-of-the-match performance as an auxiliary left-back helping Blues to keep a crucial clean sheet.

Carter said: "It was important they didn't get through us, which is exactly what we wanted. It gives us the upper-hand when we go through to Sunday's game.”

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