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    Ajax 0 Arsenal 1 (Agg 2-3): Miedema nets to send Gunners through to Champions League group stages

    VIVIANNE MIEDEMA struck as Arsenal dispatched Ajax on a rain-sodden Champions League night in the Netherlands.The Dutch hotshot netted with the Gunners clinching a 1-0 away victory to book their group stage place. 
    Vivianne Miedema was on target against Ajax with her third goal of the season across all competitions for ArsenalCredit: EPA
    The Gunners will compete in the group stages of the Champions League following their round two defeat of AjaxCredit: Getty
    The round two second leg result saw Arsenal win 3-2 on aggregate this evening.
    But the visitors suffered injury scares with Rafaelle Souza crocked and Beth Mead subbed off after a nasty-looking blow to her head.
    Last Tuesday saw the Gunners frustrated by their battling Dutch opponents who caught them cold with a late goal.
    But tonight’s match – played on the outskirts of Amsterdam – was a different story as Jonas Eidevall’s side put that result to bed with a battling display. 
    The visitors began positively with the hosts intervening to snuff a second-minute break for the box
    But then Ajax made their presence felt going forward with Ashleigh Weerden jetting down the left, but unable to find a team-mate with her tenth-minute cross.
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    Moments later a dangerous through-ball found Romee Leuchter before Leah Williamson snuffed out the threat.
    Arsenal tested keeper Lize Kop in the 19th minute before a defence-splitting Katie McCabe pass almost found Wienroither in the box six minutes later.
    A dodgy back pass from Steph Catley almost caught Manuela Zinsberger out of position shortly before a Blackstenius shot in the 36th minute
    Eidevall was forced to shuffle his deck with Rafaelle limping off following an earlier kick from Chastity Grant.
    And Miedema fired a shot over the crossbar close to half-time
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    The Gunners striker bagged her third goal of the season, across all competitions, burying a bottom corner strike in the 51st minute.
    Later Mead entered the fray for the visitors shortly after Tiny Hoekstra was subbed on for Ajax with 25 minutes of normal time left.
    And Hoekstra came dangerously close to sliding in a leveller before a nasty clash of heads between Mead and Nadine Doordam saw the latter cautioned.
    Mead was later forced to come off after feeling the effects of the blow to her head in the closing minutes.
    The visitors held out to join Chelsea in the Champions League groups stages.
    Beth Mead was forced to come off late in the game after Nadine Noordam clashed heads with the forwardCredit: Getty More

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    Eidevall to take momentum from Arsenal’s North London derby win into a tough battle with Ajax

    JONAS EIDEVALL is under no illusion about the hard task awaiting Arsenal in their battle with Ajax for a Champions League group stage spot.The Gunners are targeting an away win against their opponents who frustrated the WSL leaders by clinching a Round Two first-leg draw.
    A win for Arsenal against Ajax will see them join Chelsea in the Champions League group stageCredit: Getty
    Arsenal go into the game, which kicks off at 6:00 pm tonight, off the back of a 4-0 win against Tottenham watched by a record WSL crowd of 47,367 at the Emirates.
    And they will play in front of a record crowd at the De Toekomst Stadium home of their rivals this evening.
    Victory over Ajax will see the Gunners play their Champions League group stage games at the Emirates.
    Arsenal head coach Eidevall, 39, who has a fully fit squad for the game, said: “Of course, we want to play in the group stage and we want to go as far as possible.
    “This is the game we need to win in order to get there.
    “In the Champions League it’s about playing against the best. It’s about being challenged.
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    “And it’s nice the club want to play at the best stadium – the Emirates. We will do our very best in order to go through.
    “We can take a lot of energy and positive momentum from our win against Tottenham.”
    On whether Ajax will be buoyed by the draw by their impressive display last time out, Eidevall added: “I thought they played with a lot of confidence last week.
    “I’m under no illusion that this game will be anything else.
    “It will be a hard game. Away matches in Europe are tough when we’re playing a good team like Ajax.
    “We will need to defend well, attack well and be good at set pieces and in transition.
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    “It’s up to us to be the best that we can possibly be. I believe we can go through.”
    Having reached the contest’s quarter-final stage last term before being knocked out by Wolfsburg Eidevall’s side hope to progress further this season.
    And the club remains the only English side to have won the Women’s Champions League with their 2007 triumph.
    Since then, the contest has been dominated by Europe’s other giants with French side Lyon having won the tournament eight times, including their 3-1 triumph over Barcelona in May.
    Chelsea became the first English side to reach the final in 14 years when they took on Catalan giants Barca in May last year.
    The overall winner of this term’s Champions League is set to receive £301,000 in prize money with the runners-up awarded £172,000.
    Jonas Eidevall is confident Arsenal will be able to defeat Ajax away from homeCredit: Getty
    Match victories for teams in the group stage is thought to earn sides £43,000.
    On whether he feels constant pressure on Arsenal from a financial perspective, Eidevall added: “I don’t spend much time thinking about other things and I don’t think I should do either.
    “I went into this game preparing to get the best possibilities to win and I don’t think about anything else.” More

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    England boss Wiegman says ‘door is still open’ for Steph Houghton and recalls Fran Kirby and Chloe Kelly

    SARINA WIEGMAN says the “door is still open” for Steph Houghton with players vying for England spots before next summer’s World Cup.The Lionesses chief had “hard choices” to make with three Euros winners left out of her group before a sell-out Wembley clash with the USA.
    Sarina Wiegman intends to meet with Steph Houghton at the end of October to see “where things are at”Credit: Getty
    Fran Kirby is back in the Lionesses squad after a making comeback from injuryCredit: Getty
    Chloe Kelly has also been recalled for England duty ahead of the team’s games against the USA and the Czech Republic in OctoberCredit: Getty
    Wiegman was speaking after Houghton, 34, shared her thoughts on being dropped from the squad that went on to become European Champions in July.
    The England head coach, 52, said: “I’ve had a conversation with her again and I don’t think she’s quite ready.
    “We wanted to bring in some young players but it’s ten months still to go until the World Cup.

    “The door is still open, and I will meet her again at the end of October and see where we’re at, at that moment.”
    Chelsea and Manchester City stars, Fran Kirby, 29, and Chloe Kelly, 24, are back in the 24-strong squad following their return to WSL action from injury.
    Esme Morgan is back for the first time since a call-up last September, with the Man City defender missing England’s camp that month due to a shin injury.
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    But Jordan Nobbs, 29, and Euros-winning trio Beth England, 28, Nikita Parris, 28, and Lotte-Wubben Moy, 23, have been left out ahead of a tough test against the USA.
    Wiegman added: “Picking players is all about performance and what we see is there is a big competition and the depth in the squad is really good. 
    “It’s hard to make choices so I had conversations with all the players who were in the squad before, but are not now.
    “I gave them some feedback and now they have to work and try to fight their way back in.
    “Of course, we’ll keep following them because they are very good players.
    “It’s not just that we’ll follow 22 or 24 players, we’ll follow a big group of players and pick the best ones.”
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    England – currently ranked the fourth-best side in the world – take on four-time World Cup winners the United States at Wembley on Friday 7 October.
    They will then play the Czech Republic at the Amex four days later.
    The team are currently unbeaten under Wiegman having gone 20 games without a loss across all competitions winning 18 matches and drawing twice.
    The last clash between the USA and England saw the Lionesses, then managed by Phil Neville, beaten 2-0 at the SheBelieves Cup in March 2020.
    On if her players have anything to fear from their US opponents, Wiegman added: “With the development of the team, we have shown courage and really played with that to win and not to prevent mistakes.
    Lucy Parker has received her first senior call-up for Lionesses dutyCredit: Getty
    “We want to do that all the time and that is what we tell the players too.
    “Germany and Spain were big opponents too so we will approach it the same way – play to win, accept mistakes and hopefully play our style on the pitch.”
    Ahead of the October games, Wiegman has given a first-time senior call-up to defender Lucy Parker, 23, who has impressed for Paul Konchesky’s West Ham.
    Jess Park, 20, was also named in England’s senior squad after winning praise for her Everton performances following a loan move from Man City.
    Jess Park has been named in the 24-strong Lionesses squad after impressing on loan at Everton from Man CityCredit: Getty
    Wiegman added: “Lucy Parker is very athletic. She has had some injuries but has had good preparation and good games.
    “It will be good to see what they can do compared to some more experienced players.
    “It’s ten months until the World Cup starts, it’s also an opportunity to bring through some young players to see where they are at.”
    England Women’s Squad
    Goalkeepers:
    Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
    Defenders:
    Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lucy Parker (West Ham United), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
    Midfielders:
    Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jessica Park (Everton, loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
    Forwards:
    Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash). More

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    Chambers blasts officiating decision after Reading see a goal disallowed during their WSL clash with Brighton

    KELLY CHAMBERS hit out at officiating levels in the women’s top-flight after Reading saw a goal chalked off against Brighton.The Royals boss shared her thoughts after her side fell to a 2-0 loss to Albion and saw Deanna Cooper’s first-half header flagged as offside.
    Kelly Chambers says Deanna Cooper was “three yards onside” when she scored a goal later disallowedCredit: Getty
    Cooper and her team-mates fell to their second loss in a row following their season-opening defeat away at Manchester UnitedCredit: Rex
    Reading shared a video replay via their official Twitter page showing the build-up to Cooper’s headed effort.
    Goals from Lee Geum-min and Katie Robinson, saw Albion seal their first win of the season with the Royals notching a second successive defeat. 
    Reading boss Chambers, 36, told the club’s website: “We watched our goal back, Cooper is three yards onside.
    “It’s something we worked on in training it’s worked and then to have it taken away from us it’s not good enough.
    “Unfortunately, we’re now looking at another loss, and if this (officiating) is not addressed, it’s going to start costing managers jobs.
    “We have the highest level of women’s football, yet the level of the officials are not good enough, nowhere near good enough.

    “Regardless, we created more than enough chances to win, and I said that to the girls.
    “But the moment the offside happened, it created a different game.
     “That’s the most frustrating thing, no consequence can come off the officials, but a manager’s career hangs in the balance.
    “If the decision was marginal, I could perhaps come to accept it, but in this instance, we’re talking about a good few yards.
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    “I raised this point last weekend, and if it carries on, managers will begin to get sacked.”
    Elsewhere Paul Konchesky criticised a decision that saw a West Ham goal disallowed during his side’s clash with Manchester United.
    The Irons fell to a 2-0 defeat at home after second-half strikes from Lucia Garcia and Hannah Blundell.
    Lucy Parker netted for the Irons during the game after the ball took a deflection.
    West Ham take on Chelsea away at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday following their loss to Man UnitedCredit: Getty
    But the West Ham defender’s effort was disallowed by referee Emily Heaslip.
    Irons chief Konchesky, 41, told reporters: “Me, and my staff have obviously looked back and seen it, and we think the goal should count.
    “But listen they make the decisions, and it wasn’t to be.” More

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    Eidevall hails ‘fearless’ Arsenal with Mead and Miedema among the scorers watched by a WSL record-breaking crowd

    JONAS EIDEVALL saluted Arsenal’s fearlessness after their derby day trouncing of Tottenham in front of a record-breaking WSL crowd at the Emirates.More than 47,000 fans watched the Gunners pummel Spurs 4-0 with Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead netting on Saturday afternoon.
    Beth Mead netted Arsenal’s opener at the Emirates and was applauded by the crowd later in the gameCredit: Getty
    Vivianne Miedema scored twice for Arsenal who have kept eight successive clean sheets in the leagueCredit: Getty
    Katie McCabe made her 100th league appearance for Arsenal and her 158th in all competitions.
    The Ireland captain holds the record with Mead for the most appearances.
    Not since Boxing Day in 1920, when Dick, Kerr Ladies took on St Helen’s Ladies has a women’s club football game in England pulled in a crowd of more than 50,000.
    The Gunners – who had sold 53,000 tickets – came close to reaching the 50,000 mark with 47,367 present at their derby battle yesterday.
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    This was the highest number of fans at a match between two top-tier women’s sides in the country since Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat of Manchester City in May recorded a 49,094 attendance.
    Yesterday’s game at the Emirates saw Arsenal surpass the WSL match attendance record set in November 2019.
    Back then 38,262 fans watched Spurs play Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
    On the record being broken, Gunners’ boss Eidevall said: “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I don’t think we should compare attendance figures in terms of tickets given away and tickets sold.
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    “I don’t think it’s fair when you’re doing that comparison.
    “This game is the best advertisement there can be for people coming.
    “This is what it’s about – for people to come here and to feel proud of the team and the players, and wanting to come here to support
    “We really felt that with the supporters who came and we really hope that many of them come back and bring a friend so we get a sell-out.”
    Kelly Simmons, the FA’s women’s professional game director said: “The atmosphere at The Emirates was absolutely incredible.
    “Seeing 47,367 fans in the stadium shows just how much the women’s game has grown.
    “I hope this momentum can continue throughout the whole campaign.”
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    The result for Arsenal was the perfect antidote to their midweek 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League.
    The Dutch side snatched a late Round 2 first-leg equaliser at Meadow Park.
    Eidevall, whose team play Ajax in the return leg on Wednesday, added: “For us, it’s really important that we give 100 per cent when we play. We shouldn’t have any other gear.
    “With our positioning we made Spurs look less aggressive in their press.
    “They are a very good team, but we didn’t concede one single goalscoring opportunity against them.
    “After the Ajax game, I told the players we played poor defence that night.
    Jonas Eidevall’s team are top of the table after two wins and take on Ajax next in the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty
    “I said there is no team sport where you can play poor defence and expect to win
    “But here we played great in defence, and we now have eight clean sheets in a row in the WSL.
    “This is very, very impressive and a big testament to the players.
    “The fearlessness that the players did it with, I was so impressed with that.
    The Gunners took just five minutes to get off the mark as they looked to hem the visitors into their own half.
    Beth Mead opened the scoring by latching onto a threaded pass before curling in the opener beyond Rebecca Spencer.
    The hosts looked to make it 2-0 with Katie McCabe firing an effort over the bar before Spurs began to settle a little and made one of a few forays forward.
    Manuela Zinsberger made a comfortable stop from Celin Bizet Ildhusoy’s attempt in the 38th minute.
    Arsenal doubled their lead moments close to half time with Miedema scoring her first league goal of the season.
    They went three up with Rafaelle’s towering 54th-minute header before Miedema’s second goal 15 minutes later.
    The contest became a little tetchy with Caitlin Foord cautioned for a challenge before Tottenham’s Ashleigh Neville and Amy Turner were booked.
    Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner hopes her side will take some lessons from the result ahead in their Conti Cup duel with Reading.
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    Skinner said: “I don’t think we did it ourselves justice, so that’s disappointing for everybody involved.
    “But it’s definitely something that we need to take the lessons from and improve on for the game next week.”
    Caitlin Foord was among the standout performers for Arsenal against TottenhamCredit: Getty
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    Big crowds ‘should be the standard going forward’, says Arsenal’s Katie McCabe ahead of WSL record-breaking duel

    KATIE MCCABE says Arsenal are ready for a physical battle with Tottenham in front of the biggest crowd to date in WSL history.More than 51,000 fans are expected at the Emirates today – a number that will smash the league’s previous match attendance record.
    Katie McCabe is relishing the prospect of playing in front of a record-breaking WSL crowdCredit: Getty
    Arsenal are yet to lose a game to Tottenham in the Women’s Super LeagueCredit: Getty
    In November 2019, 38,262 fans watched the teams in action at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
    Back then the Gunners defeated their opponents 2-0.
    Arsenal are yet to be beaten by their neighbours in the top-flight since Spurs’ 2019 promotion to the WSL.
    The last match between the sides saw Jonas Eidevall’s team clinch a 3-0 win with five players booked during the feisty encounter in May.
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    And last November Spurs shared the spoils of a 1-1 draw at home.
    Reflecting on that encounter McCabe, 26, said: “It was a tough game away from home for us.
    “We’d done well to get the equaliser and kept playing.
    “But they looked to frustrate us and to be physical and that’s what a derby game is all about.
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    “But it’s up to us to control our mentality and let the ball do the work.
    “We’ll be ready for any physicality that will be thrown at us.
    “But ultimately, it’s about playing football and playing our way which is the Arsenal way.
    “We’ve seen Spurs investing in their women’s team over the last few years.
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    “They’ve done a great job of that and with that, you get more quality within the games.”
    On the ticket sold for today’s derby which kicks off at 1:30 pm, McCabe added: “I think the club have done a terrific job of tapping into that (crowd) momentum from the Euros.
    “Fifty-one thousand tickets sold is unbelievable.
    “That’s off the back end of a fantastic Euros and the Lionesses getting the win there.”
    The last time a women’s club game in England attracted a crowd of more than 50,000, was on Boxing Day in 1920.
    Back then Dick, Kerr Ladies took on St Helen Ladies at Goodison Park, in front of a crowd of 53,000.
    A year later, a ban on women playing football on FA-affiliated pitches was introduced which lasted for 70 years until 1971.
    McCabe added: “There’s an obvious frustration there that we’ve been held back for so long but we can’t dwell too much on the past as we need to charge forward.
    “The drive from all the clubs in the WSL is fantastic and we need to take that momentum from the Euros and let this not just be a one-off.
    “I was part of the game with the first WSL record crowd back in 2019 and that was such a special day. This should be the standard going forward.”
    Jonas Eidevall is keen on seeing more WSL games played in larger stadiumsCredit: Getty
    Gunners boss Eidevall said: “More than fifty thousand sold tickets is really special because that means doing in a way that is sustainable,
    “The investment that the club has put in and the (efforts) that past teams before have (put in) to help us get to this stage here is phenomenal.”
    McCabe, who skippered the Republic of Ireland to a historic World Cup play-off spot this month, is a highly regarded player amongst Arsenal fans.
    And the versatile wing-back counts Alex Hleb amongst the Gunners heroes of the past she enjoyed watching.
    The WSL ace added: “I loved his doggedness. I loved how he carried himself on the pitch and his presence.
    “He was one of those players that didn’t play every single game, but I really enjoyed watching him.”
    Rehanne Skinner’s Spurs will be looking to cause an upset having picked up a win against Leicester last Sunday.
    And the Tottenham boss says her players are relishing the prospect of playing in front of a record crowd.
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    Skinner, 42, said: “It’s an opportunity to play in front of a volume of fans that some of the players have not done before.
    “It’s something they have been looking forward to. It’s the route we all want to go down.” 
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    “Emma is already on me about how I can improve. I’m not in my comfort zone”, says Chelsea ace Buchanan

    KADEISHA BUCHANAN is relishing being pushed “to the max” by Emma Hayes following her June switch to Chelsea from Lyon.And the Blues centre-back says watching Premier League action was part and parcel of family life for herself and her 11 siblings.
    Kadeisha Buchanan says her Chelsea move came at the right stage of her careerCredit: Getty
    Buchanan, 26, was speaking to reporters before the WSL champions’ first duel of the season with Manchester City.
    The title rivals fell to unexpected losses to Liverpool and Aston Villa during enthralling season-openers away last Sunday.
    And Buchanan – who helped her former club to six top-flight title wins in France – reckons the competitive edge of England’s top tier was among the factors that influenced her move.
    The Chelsea star said: “You can’t take a team for granted.
    “You can’t just be relaxed and complacent, so you have to work hard every game, every day.
    “You have to earn it, every single game, it’s not going to be given to you and that’s why it’s so competitive. I love that about the WSL.
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    On how Blues chief Hayes influenced her decision to move to the club, Buchanan added: “It was the perfect moment.
    “It was definitely a mutual agreement. I felt it was the right time
    “The conversation was like ‘welcome, but I’m going to push you to the max.’
    “Emma is already on to me about how I can improve and the ways I can. 
    “I love that in a coach – when whatever is needed – they will say it and they are not afraid to do so.
    “I’m definitely not in my comfort zone here. I feel like every day I’m learning something new.
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    “It’s just the little details now that they’re bringing out.
    “They really watch the training every day here and there is a lot of staff to help with our games, so that’s a big part.
    Buchanan, who has made 123 senior international appearances for Canada, says football is part of family life for herself and her relatives.
    Her father, who like her mother was born in Jamaica, is an avid Prem follower.
    The defender, who helped Canada to a Tokyo Olympics gold medal win last August said: “Football isn’t as big a sport (in Canada).
    The Blues centre-back is enjoying the competitive edge of the WSLCredit: Getty
    “But having a Jamaican father who loves the English Premier League, we would all wake up at 7:00 am to watch the games there.
    “My dad supports Manchester United, but I’m an all-rounder fan. I just love to watch football.
    When asked whether her family enjoyed playing the game as well as watching, Buchanan added: “Out of 11 siblings I think about four or five of us played.
    “My older brother played, my father played, and my mum also played later on when she got into it,
    “Taking us to soccer every day she was like ‘ah, let me get in there too’, so she started playing.
    Buchanan is targeting a Champions League trophy win with the Blues having won the contest five times with LyonCredit: Getty
    “We’re a football family and a very athletic one, a couple of my sisters did track, and basketball. We’re an all-round sporting family.”
    Buchanan, who began her senior playing career in 2005, made her move to Europe in 2017 joining Lyon.
    The defender’s five-year spell at the club saw her help the French side lift five of the eight Champions League trophies they have won between 2010 and this year.
    Claiming the prize for top clubs in Europe is among the targets for Chelsea with the team having won six WSL titles since 2015.
    Buchanan believes Chelsea are “not far off” from achieving their goal of winning the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty
    And Buchanan believes the Blues, who fell to a narrow Champions League semis defeat to Lyon in 2019, have what it takes to triumph in the competition.
    The Canada centre-back added: “We are not far off.
    “When I see Chelsea play and when they’re at their best, they’re the best team. It’s just about getting that consistency.” More

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    Reading suffer an injury blow with Deanne Rose crocked by Achilles problem before Brighton duel

    DEANNE ROSE has been ruled out for an extended period after sustaining an Achilles injury during Reading’s loss to Manchester United.The Royals ace, 23, had to be subbed off 20 minutes into the game with the Red Devils sealing a 4-0 win against their rivals.
    Deanne Rose sustained her injury during the Royals’ season-opening game against Man UnitedCredit: Reuters
    Rose’s injury led to her coming off during the first half of Reading’s match against the Red DevilsCredit: Reuters
    The club says scans show the forward – who moved to Reading from US college side Florida Gators – had ruptured her Achilles.
    Of her injury Rose, whose team play Brighton on Sunday, said: “I really don’t have many words to describe the disappointment that I’m feeling.
    “However, I have the determination, faith and a mindset to come back stronger both mentally and physically. 
    “It has meant a lot to see all of your messages of support, loving prayers and positivity as I now begin my road to returning.”
    Rose, who made 21 WSL appearances last season, has emerged as one of the Royals’ brightest prospects since making her move to England last July.
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    The player netted five goals across all competitions including the winner against Chelsea during the Royals’ 1-0 defeat of the Blues last December.
    Meanwhile, Hope Powell’s Albion hope to bounce back from their 4-0 loss to Arsenal with a win at the Amex on Sunday.
    But the club, who are missing four players due to injury, will be without the services of defender Emma Kullberg.
    The Seagulls ace, 30, is serving a suspension after being sent off for clipping the heels of Stina Blackstenius during Albion’s clash with Gunners.
    Powell, 55, said: “We tried to appeal the red card for Emma Kullberg but it was upheld.
    “It’s a tough ask to play Arsenal when you’ve got 11 players, let alone ten.
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    “I was proud of the team’s efforts in the circumstances.”
    Brighton summer signing Elisabeth Terland hopes to get off the mark for her new club having come close to scoring against the Gunners.
    And the “deep-thinking” Norway international forward is eager to sharpen her finishing.
    Last term Terland scored 10 times in 14 games in Sweden’s top-flight for former club Sandviken IF.
    Powell added: “She’s got a really good strike, she connects well, she was really bitterly disappointed (that she didn’t score against Arsenal).
    Elisabeth Terland is eager to open her goals account for Brighton with the team hosting Reading nextCredit: Getty
    “Elisabeth reflects quite deeply for a young player. She’s quite a deep thinker who really wants to do well and wants to improve, you know.
    “She said to me straightaway (after the Arsenal game), ‘Right. I want to do some finishing (practice). I need some dedicated time to do some finishing.”
    “She wants to be a top striker for club and country. She’s prepared to put in the work.” More