Search

Cup double would mean a successful season, says Arsenal Ladies star

07:25 11 September 2014

Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Ladies against Bristol Academy. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal Ladies against Bristol Academy. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League images are subject to DataCo Licencing restrictions

Gunners midfielder Jordan Nobbs feels the team deserve credit after reaching their second cup final in a season of managerial instability.

Arsenal retained the Women’s FA Cup in May despite the resignation of manager Shelley Kerr days before the final, and the club only recently named Spanish coach Pedro Martinez Losa as her permanent successor.

During the interim period, men’s Academy coach John Bayer and long-serving player-coach Kelly Smith have also taken charge of the Ladies side.

Despite the frequent changes, the Gunners are also through to the final of the Continental Cup following Sunday’s victory over Notts County – and Nobbs believes the team will emerge stronger from their experiences this season.

“We’ve had so many ups and downs this season and, as players, we’ve had to take a lot of responsibility and just go out there and play the way we can,” said Nobbs.

“There are going to have been four managers by the end of the year. I was out injured earlier in the season, Kelly’s been in and out, and to win the FA Cup was a massive bonus for us.

“The way we’ve been playing, I think we deserve a lot more than we’ve got. We’re all chuffed at the way we’ve handled it and developed as a team and in the end it just makes you a stronger player.

“We never thought we’d be in the position we are in the league, but we’ve got to take that on the chin and perform better next year. We want to win everything, whether we’re playing in the league or the cups.

“Now we’re just glad to be in another final again and I think we’d be very happy to finish the season with a cup double.”

For the first time in many years, Arsenal have not been in contention for the Women’s Super League championship and they currently lie fourth in the table, nine points off the pace.

However, Nobbs expects the arrival of Losa – who enjoyed a hat-trick of title wins in his homeland with Rayo Vallecano – to rouse the Gunners to a stronger challenge next season.

“We’ve met him once and, the way he came across, I think straight away we knew exactly what he wants to do,” said the 21-year-old England international.

“It’ll be nice to have a structure for the whole of the season. Obviously different managers come in with different strategies and it’s hard as a team to change week in, week out.

“Pedro’s been in Spain and America and he’s got a lot of experience to bring to us. To have him come in and settle us down will be great and hopefully we’ll be back in the title race next year.

“I’m sure Pedro will do a great job and I don’t why he can’t help us to win the league.”

Arsenal made a slow start to Sunday’s semi-final, repeatedly giving the ball away, but they created the better chances as Danielle Carter and a deflected effort from Rachel Yankey both struck the woodwork.

County goalkeeper Carly Telford made saves to foil Freda Ayisi and Carter either side of the interval, while Leah Williamson put the ball in the net, only for the goal to be ruled out for handball.

At the other end, Jess Clarke sent a glancing header wide and then broke late on to set up a chance for Katie Hoyle, but her shot was kept out by Emma Byrne, and the scoresheet remained blank at 90 minutes.

Williamson brought another diving stop from Telford in extra time, but the breakthrough finally arrived on 98 minutes as Smith set up substitute Caroline Weir (inset), whose left-foot drive beat the keeper.

Weir was denied a second by Telford soon afterwards, but the Gunners finally sealed their place in the final when Carter was tripped in the box and Smith steered the resulting penalty into the roof of the net.

Arsenal will face Manchester City, who overcame Chelsea 1-0, in next month’s final as they attempt to win the trophy for a fourth consecutive season.

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 12:00
Dawid Malan hits out for Middlesex. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Skipper Dawid Malan believes Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign is gathering pace after they recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Yesterday, 07:11
Isledon Wolves player Ethan Irvine (right) and coach Adrian Daley celebrate cup success in 2013

A decade strewn with silverware is not an achievement to be overlooked – but there are other means of gauging success at Isledon Wolves.

Wed, 16:50
Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

It’s always great to see two young guys come together in a partnership like Nick Gubbins and Steve Eskinazi did this week against Lancashire.

Wed, 16:00
Islington side Access2Sports Under-16s, who won the Community Basketball League play-off final

Islington’s emerging basketball stars completed a double as both of their teams were crowned Community Basketball League champions at the play-off finals weekend.

Wed, 15:24
Fusion FC coaches Sarah Cleary (left) and Carrie-Anne Layton (right) with girls at the weekly coaching sessions at Market Road

The new Camden & Islington Girls’ League is to be launched in September following a successful series of weekly coaching sessions at Market Road.

Wed, 12:58
Arsenal's Asisat Oshoala

Arsenal Ladies boss Pedro Martinez Losa is backing Asisat Oshoala to be a long-term success despite a slow start to her Gunners career.

Wed, 07:07
Highgate captain Jake Sharland

Highgate captain Jake Sharland wants his side to forget about results and focus on enjoying the game as they attempt to turn their season around.

Tue, 10:13
North Middlesex's Connor Nurse took 4-20 against league leaders Ealing but was less successful when he opened the batting, being bowled first ball. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex find themselves just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League after their latest failure with the bat resulted in a defeat against leaders Ealing.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Copyright: Erich Spiegelhalter/Schwarzwald

Embark on a three day round trip (including flights) during which you will taste local specialities such as the famous Black Forest Gateau, discover nature, absorb vibrant city culture, learn about technological innovations, indulge yourself in the plentiful wellness spas, take some shots on the golf course, and enjoy family fun at Germany’s largest theme park.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe