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Women's Super League: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Arsenal - Gunners move three points clear

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WSL Highlights: Brighton & Hove Albion Women 0-4 Arsenal Women

Arsenal moved three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League with a straightforward win over Brighton.

Danielle van de Donk cut in the from the left to slot the defending champions into an early lead.

Unmarked Netherlands team-mate Jill Roord fired in the second from the edge of the box, before Jordan Nobbs drove in the third after the break.

Beth Mead smashed in to complete the scoring late on after Brighton keeper Megan Walsh spilled Lia Walti's cross.

The closest Brighton came to a response was when Emily Simpkins fired wide just before half-time.

Arsenal, who also won 4-0 when the sides met in September, controlled the game from start to finish, helped by Van de Donk's early strike after racing on to Leah Williamson's long diagonal pass.

Roord saw an effort blocked near the line by Danique Kerkdijk and Nobbs' shot was well saved low down by Walsh before Roord capitalised on another Williamson pass to score.

Van de Donk slid in Nobbs for the Gunners' third, aided by a neat dummy from top scorer Vivianne Miedema.

Mead then wrapped up a victory which lifts the Gunners three points ahead of second-placed Manchester City and four in front of Chelsea, in third, who thrashed Bristol City 6-1 on Sunday.

Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro: "I was very pleased with the maturity of the team, and they've come a long way. There's a lot of football to play this week, so it was good to get the job done.

"It was so important to get an early goal and then once we did we settled and then got that second. It was then a case of managing the game and we did, and that allowed us to conserve energy and work with the ball.

"We need to keep growing now, getting better and pushing on. There's no way anybody can start thinking or mentioning the title, because there's still a long, long way to go."

Brighton midfielder Emily Simpkins: "We're obviously disappointed to lose the game, but we showed plenty of desire and togetherness. But, if you switch off at this level, you get punished, it's simple as that.

"I would say that if you look at all four goals, there's more we can do. We've seen first-hand today that if you make even a slight error, or aren't mentally there, teams like Arsenal will take full advantage.

"What I would say is that we've tried to implement our game plan today and stick to what we wanted to do. I'm proud of the team for showing the character to do that, but quality players and teams will hurt you if you aren't at 100%."

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Line-ups

Brighton Women

  • 1Walsh
  • 8Barton
  • 14Kerkdijk
  • 20Williams
  • 3Gibbons
  • 4Bowman
  • 7Whelan
  • 19SimpkinsSubstituted forConnollyat 66'minutes
  • 27Le GarrecSubstituted forUmotongat 80'minutes
  • 11NildénSubstituted forNatkielat 45'minutes
  • 15Green

Substitutes

  • 2Roe
  • 9Umotong
  • 10Natkiel
  • 12Lundorf Skovsen
  • 13Harris
  • 17Connolly
  • 26Hack

Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forMaierat 76'minutes
  • 16Quinn
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 17Evans
  • 10LittleSubstituted forMeadat 66'minutes
  • 13Wälti
  • 14RoordBooked at 45mins
  • 7van de Donk
  • 8NobbsSubstituted forMcCabeat 76'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 15McCabe
  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 20Maier
  • 23Mead
  • 26Grant
  • 27Filis
Referee:
Kirsty Dowle
Attendance:
1,312

Match Stats

Home TeamBrighton WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home3
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 4. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victoria Williams (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danielle Bowman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Attempt missed. Kirsty Barton (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women).

Ini-Abasi Umotong (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Felicity Gibbons (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

Danielle Bowman (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Ini-Abasi Umotong replaces Léa Le Garrec.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Felicity Gibbons.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katie McCabe replaces Jordan Nobbs.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Leonie Maier replaces Leah Williamson.

Foul by Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).

Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Megan Connolly replaces Emily Simpkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Beth Mead replaces Kim Little.

Hand ball by Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Conceded by Louise Quinn.

Foul by Kim Little (Arsenal Women).

Léa Le Garrec (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Attempt blocked. Kim Little (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Kirsty Barton (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Kate Natkiel replaces Amanda Nildén.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

Attempt missed. Emily Simpkins (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jill Roord (Arsenal Women).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women1211013553033
2Man City Women1210023152630
3Chelsea Women119203072329
4Reading Women115241720-317
5Tottenham Women125161219-716
6Man Utd Women10505168815
7Everton Women105051414015
8West Ham Women103161321-810
9Brighton Women12237826-189
10B'ham City Women10217518-137
11Bristol City Women11137836-286
12Liverpool Women11038313-103
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