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Shelley Kerr was delighted with Arsenal's performance in their 3-0 first leg victory over Glasgow City in the UEFA Women's Champions League, but warned that the tie is not over yet.
The Gunners took a huge advantage in the Round of 16 tie with a dominant display and Shelley told www.arsenal.com: "I think we are a team that starts really well. I think there's been a few games this season where we've scored really quickly and when you do that, then it gives you a bit of confidence that you can go and play. So it helps getting an early goal to settle you.
"There were some great performances today and it was a great team performance. We probably were a little bit unfortunate not to get another couple of goals at least.
Looking ahead to the return meeting at Petershill Park on Wednesday, Shelley said: "Football is a funny game, anything can happen. But you saw the performance today, we totally dominated and we looked very comfortable in our 3-0 win. We still have to prepare, the tie isn't over yet, it's only one leg so we still have to prepare very professionally for the away leg and I'm sure Glasgow City will make it difficult for us."
Another huge bonus for Arsenal was the return of Kelly Smith and Shelley was understandably enthusiastic about having the star player back from a long term injury. "I thought she was absolutely first class," she said. "She [Kelly] does things that no other player does and was a little bit unlucky not to get a goal. She has such great vision, she's trained hard for a while and she's done exceptionally well to get herself in the shape that she's in so it was brilliant getting her on the pitch again.
"I think her last game was in the Champions League against Torres in March so it was fitting for her to come on in the Champions League again. It's been a long wait for us and she's just such an exceptional talent so we're all really delighted for her as a Club that she's back on that pitch.
"The intensity of the training has been incredible and that's what a player like Kelly does because she raises the standards with her presence. She's lifted the girls this week by being back in training. I think everyone forgets we've had her missing for the whole of this season and she's such a massive player to have missing so it's great to have her back."
Glasgow City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black admitted: "Our plan was always to come here and try and keep the second leg alive. We were never going to be adventurous as Arsenal have so much pace in attack.
"The disappointing factor is the goals we have lost. The first one was a set piece and last two were crosses into the box which we didn't deal with. The longer it went on the more we were frustrating Arsenal, but the second goal just before half time knocked the stuffing out of us a little.
"We now have the second leg to look forward to and hope to put in a good performance for our home crowd."
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