Brighton & Hove Albion women’s manager Hope Powell congratulated Arsenal on winning the FA Women’s Super League after their 4-0 win at the Amex Stadium, and urged her players to learn from their meetings against the top sides this season.
Goals from Vivianne Miedema, Katie McCabe, Beth Mead and Danielle van de Donk sealed victory for the league champions on the south coast, and Powell reflected on a tough afternoon for her players.
She said, “We knew it was going to be very difficult, obviously we recognise the quality of Arsenal, but we gave a good account of ourselves.
“If I look at Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, they’re at another level. The majority of their players are internationals with good international experience. That’s what we’re striving for, striving to be better.
“On reflection, it’s about the lessons learned — not conceding sloppy goals, your starting position to prevent runners, blocking crosses — it’s all those little things that will count for us in the future.
“Arsenal are a top-quality side, they play nice football, move the ball quickly, they’re accurate and precise — in a sense, I guess I’m pleased for them, they deserve to be champions.”
A crowd of 5,365 watched the game at the Amex — a WSL attendance record — and Powell praised the efforts made to promote the game, and hopes it can be the first of many large attendances on the south coast.
“Credit for all the work that has been done behind the scenes in marketing the game, the girls have been instrumental in that as well, they’ve tried to market the game themselves.
“I must applaud all of the people who decided to come out and support not only Brighton, but the Arsenal fans as well, they were also tremendous. It’s encouraging and hopefully we can maintain those levels.
“It’s a lovely stadium and it was an absolute honour to walk out, but I have managed in several stadiums of this calibre, so it was great for the girls and staff to experience it.
“It was a lovely occasion and I hope we did enough to show a decent account of ourselves, so people want to come back for more games.”