Mackenzie Arnold: Everyone deserves huge credit
West Ham United Women finished their Barclays Women’s Super League campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City Women at Victoria Road on Sunday afternoon.
A resolute defensive display from the Hammers was ultimately undone by Ellen White’s late volley that saw the visitors leave with all three points and confirm their second-place league finish.
Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was undoubtedly West Ham United’s stand out performer in an entertaining contest played out in the resplendent east London sunshine.
The Australian International saved a penalty in each half and pulled off a myriad of stops to frustrate the Citizens and keep her side in the game.
We want to get a result out of every game, but I think to lose 1-0 against one of the best teams in the WSL today in Manchester City, with two youth players playing, everyone deserves huge credit.
Speaking to www.whufc.com after the full-time whistle, the goalkeeper was pleased with how an inexperienced Hammers side equipped themselves against one of the top teams in the division.
“Obviously, it’s good to try and keep the girls in the game when I can,” she said. “We want to get a result out of every game, but I think to lose 1-0 against one of the best teams in the WSL today in Manchester City, with two youth players playing, everyone deserves huge credit.”
“I’m really proud of everyone and I think it’s a really good performance to finish our league season on.”
West Ham United headed into the match with their WSL-status all but secured and remained ninth despite the defeat.
“It’s been a long season for us,” Arnold continued. “I think today shows a lot of the hard work that we’ve put in during this final run of games to stay in this division.”
Everyone is really pleased for Leanne (Kiernan), she’s worked so hard and had setback after setback. She’s kept going and we’re proud to see her back out on the pitch smiling.
As well as two fine penalty saves from Arnold, the return of Leanne Kiernan from long-term injury was another notable positive for Olli Harder’s side on Sunday. Arnold expressed her delight at seeing her teammate return to action.
“Everyone is really pleased for Leanne (Kiernan), she’s worked so hard and had setback after setback. She’s kept going and we’re proud to see her back out on the pitch smiling.”
West Ham United Women conclude their 2020/21 campaign with a trip to Manchester City in the FA Cup Fifth Round next weekend and Arnold insists with the same levels of effort and application could see the league result reversed.
“It’s going to be tough against them next week in the FA Cup. It’s our last game of the season and we’ll be looking to put in the same effort we did today and get a positive result and qualify for the next round.”
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