Reaction'Stuff you dream of' - Miri Taylor on winning goal at Arsenal
Miri Taylor described her winning goal in Liverpool FC Women's brilliant 1-0 victory at Emirates Stadium as 'stuff you dream of'.
The Reds No.35 provided the decisive moment of Sunday’s Barclays Women’s Super League season-opener versus Arsenal Women.
Collecting Missy Bo Kearns’ assist into the penalty box soon after the interval, Taylor kept her cool to guide a low finish beyond the goalkeeper.
And Matt Beard’s side were in stellar defensive form at the other end to record a clean sheet as the game went beyond 100 minutes with added time.
“It was just the stuff you dream of every day as a little kid,” said the goalscorer post-match.
“When you’re a professional footballer you still don’t think stuff like that will happen to you. It’s just amazing.
“Anyone could have scored, our team or their team, but we defended for our lives and put our bodies on the line. We worked really hard and were very disciplined.”
The occasion saw a WSL record crowd of 54,115 attend the fixture in north London, with the visitors urged on strongly by their travelling supporters.
Taylor said: “To have that backing wherever we go, no matter how far it is – this is a four-hour journey and the Emirates is a hard place to come – to be surrounded by 50,000 people is unbelievable and we could hear them like there was just as many. The fans are absolutely unbelievable.
“I kind of just ran around [after the goal], I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was just happy to go over and see all the little girls and boys and spend the time with them.”
LFC Women’s thoughts now immediately turn to their first home outing of the campaign, with Aston Villa Women to visit Prenton Park on Sunday evening.
And with an Anfield Merseyside derby against Everton Women to follow a week later, the Reds are looking forward not backward.
“We’re already thinking about Aston Villa right now. We’re not going to be like, ‘Oh we beat Arsenal!’ Amazing three points, yes, but we already have to look at the next game and Aston Villa are such a tough test as well,” Taylor added.
“So we’re not going to rest on our laurels for getting three points, no matter who it’s against. We just want the next three points.”