Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
The FA Women’s Cup
7pm, Friday 26 April 2013
Arsenal manager Shelley Kerr explained it was no problem raising the spirits of her team for their trip to Liverpool after their recent European exit.
Kerr’s side secured a place in The FA Women's Cup Final with a 2-1 win at Anfield and she explained afterwards: “I’m really proud of the players.
“It wasn’t easy coming here after losing in the Champions League semi-final last week. But the girls really wanted to get to The Final.
“They were really up for the game, from the minute they arrived at this stadium. All players want to play at the best grounds and this is one of those.”
The Gunners created plenty of chances but only converted two, a fact which kept the contest alive right until the end.
Kerr admitted she was slightly concerned when the third goal didn’t arrive, adding: “If you don’t finish off the game there is a chance the other team will get one. But the number of good positions we get into is very positive.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Matt Beard was disappointed with the two goals his side conceded.
He said: "They were both angled balls over the top that caught us out.
"That was the most frustrating thing for me because we should have learned from the first one."
Despite the defeat he still saw plenty of positives in the performance of his girls.
"I have to give the players credit because we continued to play after we went behind. We had a couple of chances but I don't think we had the rub of the green with regards to the ball bouncing in our favour on the edge of their box.
"We are a new team, we're going to learn. For example, tonight we didn't make the pitch big enough in the first half and that played in to Arsenal's hands.
“That was when they hit us on the counter because we'd made things too narrow and were trying to play passes through too many players."
Since his new-look squad got together in January, Beard feels they have progressed.
He added: "Looking back I don't feel we were challenged enough in pre-season. It was almost too easy for us. We've only really started to learn when we've come up against the likes of Sunderland, Lincoln and Arsenal.
“Now we have to make sure we keep improving. If we stay in touch with Arsenal during the League we'll have a chance."