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Women's Super League One: Birmingham City Ladies 0-0 Arsenal Ladies

Melissa Lawley
Birmingham City and Arsenal also drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture in Hertfordshire in May

Birmingham City Ladies and Arsenal Ladies played out a goalless draw that helped neither side's hopes of mounting a Women's Super League One title bid.

Women's FA Cup winners Arsenal, who beat Sunderland 5-1 on Saturday, struggled to break down a hard-working, organised Blues side, who remain third.

Birmingham have now gone five consecutive games without conceding.

Jordan Nobbs' low shot was held by Birmingham's debutant goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger in the closing stages.

Another debutant, midfielder Andrine Hegerberg, headed Birmingham's best chance of the game over from close range.

Fourth-placed Arsenal rallied late on but were denied any clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities for much of the contest.

Birmingham remain one point above the Gunners, who have a game in hand, but both clubs lost ground on second-placed Chelsea, who thrashed Sunderland 5-0.

Blues boss David Parker gave debuts to Norway midfielder Hegerberg, ex-Paris St-Germain keeper Berger and substitute Isabelle Linden, following the departures of England midfield duo Jo Potter and Jade Moore, and all three impressed with their displays.

Birmingham City boss David Parker: "It was another cracking performance and yet I still want more, there is still so much more to come from this group, it's quite scary.

"Teams are looking at us and thinking we have lost a few players - but look at the players we have added and the kids coming through too. We are growing so quickly and so much, and there is so much more to come from this group.

"It was a great save from our new goalkeeper (Berger), she's played against the best for PSG in the big Champions League games and when you have someone who can make crucial game-defining saves, and distribute the ball like her, it's a real asset to have."

Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa: "I thought we deserved a little bit more in the second half but you have to accept results.

"On another day we probably would have taken the points, so we're not happy but obviously we value one point away from home and I'll take it in a very competitive game.

"Birmingham are full of confidence and you have to give them credit, they were well organised and we knew it was going to be very difficult to score here. Teams will come here and drop points."

Line-ups

B'ham City Ladies

  • 30Berger
  • 25Mannion
  • 19Westwood
  • 4Carter
  • 12Stringer
  • 2WindellSubstituted forPeplowat 76'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 15WellingsSubstituted forLindenat 63'minutes
  • 11Hegerberg
  • 6Harrop
  • 14Lawley
  • 7Ayisi

Substitutes

  • 1Baggaley
  • 10Linden
  • 16Peplow
  • 18Schofield
  • 20Edwards
  • 22Brown
  • 24Johnson

Arsenal Women

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2Scott
  • 22HenningBooked at 58mins
  • 5Stoney
  • 3Mitchell
  • 6Losada GomezBooked at 71mins
  • 4Williams
  • 17Corredera RuedaSubstituted forNobbsat 60'minutes
  • 24OshoalaSubstituted forMcCabeat 60'minutes
  • 7Pablos Sanchon
  • 21van de DonkSubstituted forJanssenat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 8Nobbs
  • 15McCabe
  • 19Rose
  • 20Janssen
  • 25Kelly
  • 28Devlin
Attendance:
626

Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City LadiesAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 0, Arsenal Ladies 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 0, Arsenal Ladies 0.

Attempt blocked. Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emily Westwood.

Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies).

Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies).

Foul by Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies).

Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City Ladies).

Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Birmingham City Ladies).

Casey Stoney (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies).

Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies).

Offside, Birmingham City Ladies. Melissa Lawley tries a through ball, but Isabelle Linden is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Dominique Janssen replaces Daniëlle van de Donk.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Emily Westwood.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Scott.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Chloe Peplow replaces Alex Windell.

Attempt missed. Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies).

Emily Westwood (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josephine Henning (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies).

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Fara Williams.

Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies).

Foul by Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies).

Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Isabelle Linden (Birmingham City Ladies).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 29th June 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women86201611520
2Chelsea Ladies76012181318
3B'ham City Ladies833244012
4Arsenal Women7322107311
5Liverpool Ladies8233141409
6Notts County Ladies621378-17
7Reading Women604269-34
8Sunderland Ladies8035622-163
9Doncaster Rovers Belles4004314-110
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