Carter hails Birmingham's shock defeat of Arsenal in the WSL as Reading beat Leicester to go sixth

DARREN CARTER praised Birmingham for 'emptying the tank' against Arsenal after they stunned the league leaders at St Andrew's.

The Midlands outfit pulled off the biggest shock this term beating the Gunners 2-0 to win their first WSL game in 14 months.

The surprise result saw the leaders concede three points for the first time this season with Jonas Eidevall slamming his team’s performance.

And it led to Birmingham’s first win since a defeat of Liverpool in October 2019 with Eidevall enduring his first loss.

After the game, Carter, whose side moved off the foot of the table, said: “That performance epitomises what they are about as a group.

“I asked them was to empty the tank and they gave us everything. They put in a top performance against a top team.”

Birmingham got off the mark in the third minute with Libby Smith latching onto a through ball to net from the edge of the area.

And the hosts doubled their lead close to half-time with Veatriki Sarri’s top corner strike.

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The second half saw the Gunners attempt to mount a fightback with Kim Little prompting a fine block from Gemma Lawley.

But their Brum opponents held out to pull off a memorable win with Arsenal missing the chance to extend their lead over Chelsea at the top of the table  

Eidevall, whose team face Reading next, said: “We were so slow in getting numbers of players into the box.

“What we were not doing – which we’ve done well so far this season – is anticipating moments and working well together as a team.

“I saw some players sprinting, some jogging and some walking to get in position. Our players on the ball should have better decision making.”  

Elsewhere Natasha Dowie helped the Royals go six games unbeaten with a narrow defeat of Leicester.

The striker who missed a first-half pen sent a lob over Demi Lambourne with the Royals sealing a 1-0 win to go sixth.

And the result saw the Foxes return to the bottom of the WSL. 

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