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Football - 26. November 2019.

Scott draws a line under poor form

Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott is keeping her eyes firmly on the prize as her side maintained pressure on Barclays FA WSL leaders Chelsea with a 5-0 win at Bristol City.

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Unfortunately for Scott and her teammates, their result was bettered by Chelsea who romped to a 6-0 win over Birmingham City to keep them a point clear of the Citizens and Arsenal.

Conversely, the Gunners recorded a win by the slenderest of margins as a trademark Vivianne Miedema strike was enough to seal a 1-0 victory over Liverpool and make it seven straight games without conceding. 

Tessa Wullaert continued her rich vein of form to open the scoring at the Stoke Gifford Stadium before Ellen White added a second and Pauline Bremer's double, either side of a Caroline Weir strike, saw Man City draw a line under some recent poor results.

“We had a couple of bad results earlier in the season which some people wanted to focus on, but we just have to keep on playing well, improving our game and the rest will take care of itself,” said Scott.

“It’s tight at the top of the table and we know the pressure is on us to keep getting points, but all we can do is concentrate on ourselves and make sure keep on picking up wins.

“You only need to look at the players we have got along with those on the bench and you can see we have a good team with a good attitude and plenty of team spirit.”

Meanwhile, Lucy Graham was on the scoresheet once again for Everton as they won a third Barclays FA Women’s Super League contest in a row with a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur

That result ensured the Toffees stayed fourth, three points clear of Manchester United, who recorded a 4-0 win over Brighton and remained two points ahead of sixth-placed Reading. 

“We’ve been in for ten days straight working on our performance and I think that showed. I thought we were excellent,” said Graham. 

“To be up and competing with the top teams is great, we’re delighted but we’re just taking it one game at a time.

“To score a goal was the cherry on top of the performance. The girls from start to finish were excellent and it’s nice to get on the scoresheet.”

And Reading scored three goals in seven second-half minutes to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat West Ham 3-2, despite only having ten players on the pitch. 

Katharina Baunach and Leanne Kiernan put the Hammers ahead at Rush Green and Rachel Rowe saw red for the Royals just before half-time. 

Kristine Leine pulled one back for the visitors before Brooke Chaplen levelled seconds later and Jade Moore completed the comeback after turning home a corner.

West Ham goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse said: "Being 2-0 up and losing 3-2 is always going to be tough to take, but it was our own doing.

"I think the game was in our hands and it’s our fault we ended up without the three points. I think we were still in control of the game after the first goal, but little things that happened on the pitch affected us.

"I love games like that but I’d prefer to win them. It’s always harder when you lose a game like that and you get a lot more joy out of it when you win like that.”

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