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Women's Super League: Bristol City Women 0-4 Arsenal Women

By Tom GarryBBC Sport at Stoke Gifford Stadium
Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema scores against Bristol City
Vivianne Miedema's double took her WSL goal tally for the season to 11

Arsenal continued their 100% start to the Women's Super League season with a comfortable win at Bristol City.

England's Jordan Nobbs put them ahead with a crisp low finish before feeding Vivianne Miedema for the second.

The Netherlands striker collected Nobbs' pass and tucked in her 10th league goal of the 2018-19 campaign across the face of goal.

Miedema headed in her second of the game late on, moments before Danielle van de Donk fired in Arsenal's fourth.

WSL top scorer Miedema could have added to her tally to claim a third league hat-trick of the season, but was twice denied by the Vixens' keeper Sophie Baggaley inside the first hour.

The deserved victory was Arsenal's sixth from six league games and gave them a three-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, who have played an additional match.

Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby told BBC Radio Bristol: "We're disappointed about the result, but positive about the performance.

"We want to win every game but you have to focus on things other than points when you play teams like this. We had clear objectives and probably hit 80% of those for 80% of the game and that is improvement from where we've been.

"The way Arsenal move the ball, they always give you something to think about, so we had to change our shape to try and get ourselves in the game.

"But Arsenal still caused problems, that's always going to happen with the squad they've got."

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Baggaley
  • 6Kerkdijk
  • 5Brown
  • 3Evans
  • 2Dykes
  • 8Humphrey
  • 20Biesmans
  • 7Pattinson
  • 14Graham
  • 10RutherfordSubstituted forWoolleyat 80'minutes
  • 9KemppiSubstituted forAyaneat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 16Payne
  • 17Ayane
  • 18Wilson
  • 22Watson
  • 23Robinson
  • 27Woolley

Arsenal Women

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3MitchellSubstituted forSamuelssonat 65'minutes
  • 20Janssen
  • 7van de Donk
  • 15McCabe
  • 19Wälti
  • 17Evans
  • 11Miedema
  • 8Nobbs

Substitutes

  • 12Samuelsson
  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 23Mead
  • 24Kuyken
Referee:
Daniel Lamport
Attendance:
658

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol City WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home3
Away26
Shots on Target
Home0
Away15
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City Women FC 0, Arsenal Women 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City Women FC 0, Arsenal Women 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carla Humphrey (Bristol City Women FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica Woolley.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

  5. Post update

    Rosella Ayane (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Jordan Nobbs tries a through ball, but Daniëlle van de Donk is caught offside.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City Women FC 0, Arsenal Women 4. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City Women FC 0, Arsenal Women 3. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lia Wälti with a cross.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Poppy Pattinson (Bristol City Women FC).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.

  13. Post update

    Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rosella Ayane (Bristol City Women FC).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City Women FC. Jessica Woolley replaces Ella Rutherford.

  17. Post update

    Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rosella Ayane (Bristol City Women FC).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women).

  20. Post update

    Lucy Graham (Bristol City Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women66003132818
2Man City Women74302361715
3B'ham City Women641163313
4Chelsea Women724135-210
5Liverpool Women630348-49
6Reading Women622268-28
7Bristol City Women622258-38
8West Ham Women6213814-67
9Brighton Women7115515-104
10Everton Women5023410-62
11Yeovil United6006419-150
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