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Chambers | “We stopped a top side from creating the chances they are week-in-week-out”

Royals boss on not making things easy for top of the league Arsenal

9 December 2019

After a competitive encounter with current league leaders Arsenal at Adams Park and a 0-3 scoreline that didn’t reflect the competitive nature of the contest, Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers had many positives to take away from the match.

“If we had put that goal away early, it’s a different game,” Chambers said of an early Fara Williams chance that saw the Royals midfielder go one-on-one with Manuela Zinsberger in front of goal. This was followed moments later by an attempt from Brooke Chaplen that was just wide of the Arsenal net. Reading controlled the majority of the play for the first 25 minutes, but it was Arsenal that broke the deadlock on the 27th minute through Vivianne Miedema and netted again 10 minutes later through Kim Little. Against the run of the second-half, Miedema secured her brace in the 90th minute to give the visitors the victory at Adams Park.

“Credit to the girls, I think they were fantastic,” Chambers continued, piling the praise on her Royals side. “The frustrating thing is that all three of Arsenal’s goals have come from mistakes by us and, yes, that’s nice because it’s rectifiable, but in games like that, we can’t be making the mistakes that we did that ultimately cost us the game.”

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On the second-half in particular, that saw Reading dominate the play in the Arsenal half, pressing high and often, Chambers said “I thought the girls did great, if you look at the second-half, I don’t think Arsenal got out of their half for the majority of it, which is credit to them. The girls delivered exactly what we wanted them to deliver. We’re disappointed we didn’t get on the scoresheet and by the way we conceded. But we have to take the positives; we stopped a top, top side from creating the chances they are creating week-in-week-out and we need to build on that, keep going and take that performance into Wednesday against Chelsea”.

Kelly Chambers’ side make the trip to Kingsmeadow to take on Chelsea in the final group game of the Continental Cup on Wednesday. After that, Reading welcome Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham to Adams Park this Sunday 15th December in the last home game of 2019.

Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Adams Park.

Match tickets for this game are priced £6 Adults, £3 Concessions/Children and £12 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children). For full information or to book your match tickets for this fixture, head here.

Tickets are also available to purchase on arrival at Adams Park for £8 for Adults, £5 Concessions/Children and £15 Families (2 Adults, 2 Children).

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