Arsenal Women face Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday knowing that a victory will secure the Women’s Super League title.
The Gunners’ 2-1 win against Everton at Meadow Park last weekend moved them within one win of claiming their first championship since 2012.
Goals by Louise Quinn and Vivianne Miedema put Arsenal in control of the game, but Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah hit back for Everton to set up a nervy finish.
However, Arsenal managed to see out the game and secure the points to put themselves on the verge of clinching top spot.
The result left Arsenal four points clear of Manchester City with two games to play, but Quinn admitted after the game that the team hadn’t played as well as they could.
“We could have put the game to bed in the first half and there were some periods in the second half where we could have punished them too, but all credit to Everton,” she told the club’s official website.
“We made it difficult for ourselves in the second half after having good control in the first, but we dug deep and pulled through.
“We were a little slower on the ball and we just can’t afford to take those risks now. We needed to put the game to bed earlier, but we picked up all three points and we’ll definitely learn from that performance. It won’t happen again.”
Arsenal ran out 4-1 winners against Brighton when the two sides met at Meadow Park earlier this season, with goals by Vivianne Miedema, Dominique Bloodworth, Danielle van de Donk and Beth Mead securing a comfortable victory.
The Gunners have rattled off seven wins in a row in the WSL, scoring 18 goals and conceding just twice during that impressive run.
Brighton have won just two of their last 11 top flight matches, but they have insisted they are eager to derail Arsenal’s title challenge this weekend.
Despite Albion’s bullishness, Gunners boss Joe Montemurro is confident his side will complete the job in style at the Amex Stadium.
“We’re really looking forward to it and we’re really going to prepare like it’s any other game,” he said.
“It’s another important game for us so hopefully we’ll come to the party. We’re controlling our own destiny here.
“To be in this position where we’re controlling our destiny is great and it’s all credit to the work of the team.”
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