Reaction: Arsenal Women 2 Blues Women 0
BLUES manager Marta Tejedor took encouragement from an uplifting second-half show in a 2-0 defeat at FA Barclays Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal.
Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs struck in the opening quarter of the game at Meadow Park but Blues upped the ante and created openings from there while keeping at bay the potent threat of Vivianne Miedema.
“We played much better in the second half, the match was much more balanced,” said Tejedor.
“Arsenal were better than us in the first half. We gave them the opportunity to play with us so I was happy with the second half, not so much the first.
“It was not a bad first half but we gave them some important advantages and made mistakes to give them the opportunity to score.
“At half-time we said we needed to be more demanding of ourselves if we want to be at the same level as the top teams.
“There is a reason Arsenal are top, they are very effective so if you make mistakes or even give them an extra half a second to prepare a shot they will take the chances.
“We asked ourselves to be more competitive and in the second half we did better defensively and kept the ball for longer.
“In the first half we regained the ball many times and immediately gave it to them with a long pass, if you do that you are working on the defensive phase the whole time which is very tiring and frustrating.
“We asked them to keep the ball and support themselves so the person with the ball doesn’t need to play long because she can’t find anyone to link with.
“We did that much better after half-time so I was happy with that.”
Teenager Laura Brown made her first WSL appearance late in the game having previously played in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
She follows in the footsteps of fellow prospects Lily Simkin and Freya Gregory with the progress of all three impressing Tejedor.
“Laura is a very interesting player, very fast and mobile over short distances. She is smart and technically good,” said the boss.
“I like the way she moves, she has a low centre of gravity and from there is very agile in small spaces.
“All three girls have something I like, that they are not afraid of playing a match against the best team in the country.
“They always ask for the ball and get involved and you don’t always realise they are so young.”