Man utd 1-0 Arsenal Womens highlights
Watch Man utd 1-0 Arsenal Womens highlights, as Alessia Russo had a crucial goal at the match against Arsenal in women super league at Leigh Sports village.
As Man utd keeps the top position to themselves in the points table, Arsenal is placed on the third position of the points table.
The wounded Gunners, missing regular captain Kim Little after a season-ending hamstring injury, were forced to replace Williamson after an awkward fall early in the first period, before Alessia Russo capitalised on the visitors’ misfortune by firing the decider in first-half stoppage time.
Nikita Parris forced the entry with a surging run down the right, pulling the ball back to the penalty spot where Russo had timed her run perfectly, sweeping home with a distinguished first-time finish.
Concern for Williamson blighted the remainder of Arsenal’s sombre evening, with Jonas Eidevall‘s side unable to get a real foothold in the game, and now trail their Manchester counterparts by six points with five games remaining in the race for this season’s WSL crown.
United, far from their free-flowing best, remain in pole position at the top, four clear of second-placed Chelsea having played two games more. “In the past, we haven’t backed ourselves against these teams,” match-winner Russo admitted at full-time, “it all worked out tonight,” she added.
In a critical game, which will have significant influence over the direction of the title race, Arsenal were somewhat subdued, clearly shaken by the loss of Williamson who was helped down the tunnel by team-mate Little.
“It’s not good that she has to come off,” manager Eidevall said of Williamson. “Playing on pitches like that, of course players are going to get injured.”
Russo had fired a warning shot within the opening six minutes after Ona Batlle scampered down wing, working the ball to Katie Zelem, who in turn found the Lionesses striker unmarked inside the box.
Arsenal, depleted of resource and with one eye on Sunday’s Champions League encounter at Wolfsburg, attempted to change the course of the tie during an improved second half, pressing with greater intensity, but failed to test goalkeeper Mary Earps with anything clear-cut.
“I felt emotional after the game because the players didn’t get what they deserved,” Eidevall added, who now has the tough task of preparing his bruised side for an all-important European trip to Germany in five days time.
Jonas Eidevall On postmatch interview
Jonas Eidevall said, “You can see the pitch here today, it has a lot to ask for. I think it’s going to continue with the playing schedule and playing on pitches like that – players are going to get injured.
“We all need to improve on the facilities if we want to keep the players on the pitch. We spoke about that before the game, that we have managed very well so far this season, having players missing.
“But I think with all things accumulating here, with suspended players and Leah [Williamson] coming off injured, it was one absence too many for us.”
Marc Skinner on postmatch interview
“It’s about us doing what we can do. We know if Chelsea win all their games we can’t catch them. But what we can do is progress, keep performing, keep being better.
“I’ve asked my players to take each game as it comes and put their whole energy in – we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.”
On Williamson’s injury, he added: “I’ve seen her inside, she seemed in really high spirits. We obviously wish it’s something minor and just a precaution. We wish her all the best. We all want to see her lead the Lionesses in the summer.”