By Peter Lynch

19th Oct, 2023 | 6:10pm

Alisha Lehmann must start for Aston Villa Women v Tottenham Women, Carla Ward has no choice

Aston Villa Women suffered their third successive defeat of the new Women’s Super League (WSL) with a dramatic loss to Arsenal.

The Gunners left it late in their clash on Sunday (15 October), with Katie McCabe and Alessia Russo scoring in the 92nd and 94th minutes respectively.

Their late goals came after Maz Pacheco had given the visiting side the lead in the 25th minute at the Emirates Stadium.

Having started in the matches against Manchester United and Liverpool, which Aston Villa Women lost 2-1 and 2-0 respectively, attacker Alisha Lehmann was dropped for the meeting with the Gunners.

The 24-year-old did appear from the bench in the closing minutes, winning her only attempted duel (100%) and winning a foul for her side in the process, as per Sofascore.

The brief cameo follows her displays against the Red Devils and the Reds, with Lehmann making one key pass and registering an 80% success rate in the latter, as well as chipping in defensively with three tackles, with no Aston Villa Women player making more despite the player only being on the pitch for 45 minutes [Sofascore].

There is fierce competition for places at the club this season, but change is definitely needed following three successive defeats.

Lehmann definitely has the creative spark that can inspire Carla Ward’s side to their first points of the season, with their next opportunity coming at home to Tottenham Women on Saturday (21 October).

The Midlands outfit are currently joint-bottom of the WSL table, with Bristol City Women below them due to an inferior goal difference.

In other Aston Villa Women news, Ward’s players were “miles off it” in the recent defeat to Liverpool Women, according to two exclusive Aston Villa Women experts.