WSL Arsenal vs Reading highlights
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Aa the women super league match between Arsenal vs Reading concluded with the victory of Arsenal with 4-0 at meadow park attendance on sunday.
Little kicked off the scoring from the spot (4), stroking the ball emphatically beyond Grace Moloney after Katie McCabe won a contentious penalty, before Maanum’s tap-in gave the Gunners a two-goal buffer just before the break (44).
Mukandi then turned the ball through her own net shortly after the interval (47), while Williamson was on target in Arsenal colours for the first time in over a year, pouncing at the back stick to put the gloss on a dominant display (69).
Jonas Eidevall’s side were under pressure to address a in WSL results which has sparked a slip to fourth place in the standings, but the result was never in doubt, with two goals.
Arsenal are three points ahead Manchester City in third place, having played one game fewer, while Reading sit in ninth, three points clear of bottom side Leicester.
Perhaps the Gunners’ ruthless streak – having beaten Chelsea in the Conti Cup final seven days ago – has come too late in the campaign to challenge for WSL honours, but maximum points nevertheless keep the north London side in the mix.
“Sometimes it’s a bit of a feeling, you just need things to click. Everybody believes,” midfielder Williamson told, after scoring her first goal since March 2022 – incidentally against Reading.
From the moment Easther Mayi Kith was adjudged to haul down McCabe in the area, the visitors were in trouble. Moloney got a glove to Little’s resulting spot-kick but the outcome was inevitable – the power on the strike proved too much.
Maanum added a deserved second from Caitlin Foord’s cutback, before Mukandi’s error was punished, which paved the way for Williamson to take advantage of Reading’s fragile backline by stealing in at the back post with 20 minutes remaining.
Kelly chambers on Interview
“We gave Arsenal too much respect,” Royals boss Kelly Chambers concluded. “We didn’t defend aggressively.”
“Today was some of the best attacking football I’ve seen us play,” manager Eidevall said. “We never give up,” he added, when quizzed about the WSL title race, which remains open-ended despite Chelsea’s healthy lead.
“We want to get to a point where all we focus on is the football, but whilst there are things to fight for I’d be doing everybody who came before us a disservice by not doing that.
“Sometimes you can’t explain it, you just need it to click. We’ve been together as a family for a while now and you can see a shift. There is a change in everybody, everybody believes.
“In terms of being comfortable, I’m a centre-half. I want to push and get better. Hopefully, I can do a job when the team needs me. I’ve made myself consistent – you know what you’re going to get from me,
“I need to use my super strengths, which is on the ball, but also do my job as a defender.”
“It’s just three points. But after the week we’ve had, we’ve improved and developed. Today was some of the best attacking football I’ve seen us play. Sometimes you can learn a lot from defeats. What has changed has been the work we’ve done on the training ground – the belief, the energy. Maybe the Conti Cup final was the catalyst for it.
“A trophy helps, of course. It showed everyone what we are capable of. Why not try to repeat it and even try to go a little bit higher every time we play?
“I enjoy going to work every day. The group is feeling the same thing. We’re only looking one game ahead. We know we have a tight squad and sometimes that means we have to be versatile. Let’s embrace that challenge and try our best.”