Jor­dan: We owed fans that vic­tory

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

TWO-GOAL hero Jor­dan Nobbs be­lieves Arse­nal had a point to prove in the Con­ti­nen­tal Cup fi­nal af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing WSL1 sea­son.

The Gun­ners fin­ished third but missed out on a Cham­pi­ons League spot to cham­pi­ons Chelsea and run­ners-up Manch­ester City. But they fin­ished the cam­paign in style by run­ning out com­fort­able 3-0 win­ners against FA Cup fi­nal­ists Notts County in last Sun­day’s Cup fi­nal.

Two first-half goals from Nobbs and a stop­page-time fin­ish from Chioma Ubo­gagu en­sured they lifted the tro­phy.

The 22-year-old mid­fielder told

Women’s Foot­ball Weekly: “For a club like Arse­nal, which prides it­self on win­ning tro­phies, it was re­ally im­por­tant to go out and per­form. Fin­ish­ing third was a dis­ap­point­ment and we wanted to show we still had what it takes to be at the top.”

Screamer

Nobbs scored early to put the Gun­ners in the as­cen­dency and her sec­ond – a 25 yard screamer – was one to re­mem­ber.

“I am known for my long strikes”, Nobbs said.“So, when I had the ball in that area, it was sec­ond na­ture for me to hit it.

“I was very pleased to get the two goals and es­pe­cially to make our mark so early in the game. It is hard to pick my best mo­ment be­cause I have al­ready had a few in my ca­reer.

“In terms of the goal and win­ning the tro­phy, it is def­i­nitely up there, but scor­ing my first se­nior goal for England on my de­but is one that will al­ways stay with me – that was a great mo­ment.”

Nobbs’ England team­mate, Laura Bas­sett, of County, was sent off mid­way through the first half af­ter a slid­ing chal­lenge.

“Foot­ball is a harsh game some­times”, Nobbs added.

“We can’t judge what hap­pened to Bass - we just had to get on with it. Notts did, too, and, though it gave us that ex­tra in­cen­tive, I still think we would have won.

“We had al­ready scored the first goal and we were play­ing re­ally good foot­ball.

“We won the phys­i­cal bat­tle and showed how well we pass from back to front. Our build-up play for the first goal was what we are all about and we re­ally looked dan­ger­ous from that right-hand side."

This was Arse­nal Con­ti­nen­tal Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance and their fourth vic­tory, fol­low­ing de­feat by Manch­ester City in last year's fi­nal. The vic­tory also ex­tends the Gun­ners' re­mark

run of tro­phy-win­ning sea­sons to 11. A proud Nobbs said: “We are Arse­nal and we al­ways show up for the big games. We showed we have tal­ent and there is no rea­son why we can’t be back fight­ing for a Cham­pi­ons League spot next sea­son.

At­mos­phere

“For me per­son­ally, I want to be win­ning sil­ver­ware and I want to show the fans who sup­port us what we can do. Sun­day showed ex­actly how far women’s foot­ball has come.

“To have 5,000 peo­ple com­ing to watch us in Rother­ham – which is not close for either side – is amaz­ing and the at­mos­phere was great.”

Miss­ing out on a Cham­pi­ons League spot was a bit­ter blow for the women’s game’s most suc­cess­ful team, but Nobbs says the only way is up.

“Chelsea had an un­be­liev­able strike force this year and they were just too strong,” she added. “We were un­lucky with a few in­juries. I was out for a good few games in the mid­dle of the sea­son, so it was tough.,

“I am dy­ing to get back play­ing with England.

“I haven’t been with the girls for a while and I want to be back with that team.

“We had a day off af­ter the Cup win and all the girls de­served it. Now, we are back in train­ing and get­ting ready for the in­ter­na­tion­als.”

HIGH FIVES: Arse­nal are de­lighted af­ter Nobbs’ first goal ARMS UP: Rachel Yankey tack­les County’s So­phie Wal­ton

PIC­TURE: The FA

PRE­CI­SION: Jor­dan Nobbs scores her first BUB­BLY MO­MENT: Arse­nal break open the cham­page af­ter their vic­tory SIL­VER LIN­ING: Casey Stoney and Jor­dan Nobbs with man­ager Pe­dro Martinez Losa

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