REACTION: Arsenal Women 2 Blues Women 1
Captain Kerys Harrop and goalkeeper Hannah Hampton were left disappointed as Birmingham City Women fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat against Arsenal.
Hampton was disappointed to see Blues go out at the quarter-final stage but is looking forward to getting back into league action.
Hampton said: “I think we dominated first half and created the most chances. We began the second half dominant. The only way they were creating chances were down the sides, which is how their first goal came about. We were pushing forwards as the match went on, leaving gaps at the back which they capitalised on. Our focus now goes to the league and the FA Cup.”
Harrop also shared her goalkeeper’s disappointment as Blues dominated proceedings. Yet with a game to focus on this Sunday, she believes her side should regroup and focus.
Harrop said: “I think we’re all disappointed. I thought we dominated the game and had some really good chances. Obviously we had the penalty in the first half and to be fair the goalkeeper made a really good save.
“So, we’ve come away disappointed because for all our hard work that we’ve put in we deserved to get the win and have our name in the hat for the next round. That’s just football. Against the top teams like Arsenal, you can’t afford to switch off at any moment in the game and they punished us for the two moments where we did.”
“I think we can focus and regroup and get ready for Sunday. It’s going to be a tough match against Bristol. We’ve played them twice already this season. In the league we only beat them 1-0 thanks to a wonder strike by Aoife [Mannion].
“We’ve just got to rest and recover now and forget about tonight. We’ll focus on Sunday because we’ve challenging for the title and a Champions League spot.”