Arsenal Women booked their place in the Continental Tyres League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Birmingham City. The Gunners trailed with 6 minutes to go, before Danielle van de Donk levelled and Vivianne Miedema scored a stoppage time winner. Gunners left-back Katie McCabe spoke to Tim Stillman, exclusively for Arseblog News straight after the game.
On showing character to win the game late on….
We were very slow starting tonight, but we’ve shown great character and great resilience at the end to win it. Like I said to you before we started recording, when you believe in your team you always think you can win and that keeps you going right to the end. We’re so happy to go into the semi-final now.
On slow starts becoming a theme in recent games….
Because of injuries, we’ve had to chop and change a lot recently, which has been unfortunate for us, so it’s been difficult to get going. But the scorelines recently show you that once we do get going, we are really hard to play against and we make it count. But we’ve got a big game against Chelsea on Sunday and we’ll look to put that right because we need to start better. We’ll rest and recover and then get to work on the training pitch to sort that out.
— Kunjan Malde (@kunjanmalde) January 9, 2019
On Joe getting animated at half time…
It’s actually very rare that Joe gets angry, so when he does you know we’ve not done something well enough. He was a bit angry at half time but we went out and showed what we were capable of. We created chances and we knew it would come, we just didn’t know how late it would be.
On Birmingham’s work rate…
They’re one of the hardest teams to play against, especially in the first half tonight. Whatever the occasion, you know you’re going to get a tough game against Birmingham. They’re a really well organised team. But we stayed patient and kept trying to play out and we were able to dissect them in the end.
On her assist for Miedema’s late winner…
When I get the ball out wide and I see the defence split and Viv make the run into the channel, I’m going to try to play her in, no question. We tried to do it a few times in the first half but Birmingham read it well. But in the end, I think maybe they had tired legs and we got her through and you know she’ll finish it off once she’s through. Semi-final here we come!
SCENES AT MEADOW PARK! ?@VivianneMiedema rounds Hampton and fires the ball into the back of the net ?
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) January 9, 2019
On the lift of a late win going into a big game against Chelsea…
We’re the holders of the Conti Cup and we want to retain it. We want to win everything possible, the league, the FA Cup, the Conti Cup. Sunday is the big one now and we focus on the league again. We’ll rest up now, but tomorrow we’ll have a look at where we can improve and get ourselves ready for Chelsea.