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REACTION: Blues Women 0 Arsenal Women 1

As we were expecting, it was a very open game. It came to a moment where either team could have won, and we had our chances to win the game.

Marta Tejedor

Birmingham City Women experienced defeat against Arsenal Women who went top of the table with the result.

Midfielder Katie McCabe’s powerful strike proved to be difference between the two sides, as manager Marta Tejedor tasted defeat in her first home game at Solihull Moors.

The manager was disappointed with the result after holding out for 80 minutes, and thought that whoever was to score first would go on and win.

However, having failed to get any points on the board against the visitors this season Tejedor also noted that Blues aren’t too far off Arsenal, who she believes will go on to be winners.

She said: “As we were expecting, it was a very open game. It came to a moment where either team could have won, and we had our chances to win the game. We are disappointed though with the result, but it showed that there is not a lot of difference between ourselves and Arsenal. If they go on to win the league, then we know we’re not far off them as we held our own against them.”

Tejedor wasn’t happy with her side’s performance in the first half, as Arsenal dominated proceedings in Blues’ own half.

She said: “In the first half, we weren’t very good. We weren’t at our best, but it’s not the same as preparing for the game in training or laying it out on a tactical board. In this game, we didn’t manage the space on the pitch and how to work it into those spaces.”

But the manager will take positives from the game, as they head in to another international break.

She said: “I think we worked as a team and we had chances to score. But it was Arsenal who took their chances and we didn’t score ours. Maybe instead of passing and shooting, or shooting rather than passing, we could have got something out of the game. We need to be more clinical in the final third and make better decisions. Then the game might have gone our way.”

Blues face Everton away from home in their next match, on Wednesday 17thApril, as they look to get back to winning ways in the league.

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