Matt Beard blames Sunday’s icy pitch for the Liverpool star’s injury


Liverpool 0 West Ham 1

Controversy surrounding the frozen pitch during Sunday’s WSL match between Chelsea and Liverpool – which was abandoned six minutes late – resurfaced when Liverpool manager Matt Beard revealed winger Shanice van de Sanden injured her knee after slipping on that icy Kingsmeadow surface and missed Wednesday’s game as a result. League Cup defeat to West Ham United.

Beard, who felt Sunday’s game should never have started due to player safety, said he was “super frustrated”. The Dutch star got the injury he blamed on the surface. Beard said he would not take the matter further, but explained: “Shanice slipped during the warm-up [on Sunday] and she has a little twinge in her knee. The decision not to postpone Sunday’s game earlier in the day has been widely criticized following a weekend in which half of the WSL’s matches were cancelled.

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Slightly warmer weather meant all three of Wednesday’s League Cup matches could get ahead, and Liverpool were left let down late as Iceland midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir reiterated that she is one of the most dangerous aerial weapons in the women’s game, as she rose late as highest. to take West Ham United to the semi-finals. The 31-year-old striker shot in Viviane Asseyi’s cross.

“It meant something to her,” West Ham manager Paul Konchesky said of his captaincy. “We wanted to get to a semi-final and she grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and took us there.”

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West Ham will have to put in a lot of work to go all the way as only Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have ever won this competition. Arsenal will host Aston Villa in the fourth quarter-final on Thursday, but Chelsea and holders Manchester City both progressed on Wednesday.

Manchester City highlighted the gap between the WSL and the second tier Women’s Championship as they rolled out to a 6-0 promotion-chasing victory over Bristol City, who failed to register a shot on or off target.

Hayley Raso and Lauren Hemp both scored twice, with Bunny Shaw and Mary Fowler also on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, a double from Sam Kerr either side of a clever Fran Kirby finish saw Chelsea win 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur.

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Match details and ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3):Kirby6; Koivisto 5 (robe 6, 45), Bonner 6 (Matthews 5, 90+1), Fahey 7, Hinds 6; Kearns 7, Nagano 7 (Furness 6, 90+1), Holland 6 (Lundgaard 6, 66); Daniels 6, Stengel 7, Lawley 6 (Campbell 6, 66)

Substitutes not used: Laws (gk), Humphrey, Cumings, Taylor

Yellow cards: Daniels

West Ham United (4-5-1): Arnold 7; Shimizu 7, Fisk 7, Cissoko 6, Smith 6; Snerle 6 (Parker 7, 75), Hayashi 7, Stringer 6 (Longhurst 6, 62), Brynjarsdottir 8, Filis 7 (Evans 6, 62); Ace 7

Subs not used: Atkinson, Cairns, Hillyerd (gk), Houssein, Flannery

Yellow cards: Hayashi

Referee: Martin Woods (Lancashire)


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