Joe Montemurro reckons Arsenal Women finally getting into the Barclays FA Women’s Super League swing of things held the key to their crucial win against top three rivals Manchester United Women.
Millie Turner’s early own goal and Lotte Wubben-Moy’s second-half header hauled the Gunners to an important victory and cut the gap on Casey Stoney’s visitors to just three points.
Arsenal have a game in hand on their Champions League rivals and Montemurro, whose side finished the game with ten players after Beth Mead’s sending off, says getting a consistent run of league games is boosting their European chances.
The Australian said: “Momentum has probably been our biggest issue this year, more based on fixtures and how things have landed.
“So it was great to get games intact and games going.
“I suppose like anything, when the momentum is going your way it just keeps rolling and I suppose it’s really, really important.
“But again, we’ve been able to compete and stay at the top level, and it’s just been moments that have hurt us this year.
“Both goals obviously aided us. We were then able to focus on what we needed to do with the pressure off of trying to chase a goal. so that always helps.”
Turner’s own goal in just the third minute got the hosts off to a flyer before Wubben-Moy doubled their advantage shortly after the break.
But Montemurro’s side were forced to play the final hour an hour with just ten players after Mead was sent off for a second booking.
The Gunners boss criticised his team’s first-half performance but hailed their game management as they seized the top three momentum.
“I wasn’t particularly happy with our first half,” he added.
“I think we lost our way in terms of our defensive organisation and shape, which allowed them a couple of moments that could’ve hurt us.
“But I think the good thing is that it was the control of the game at the right time.”
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