Beard frustrated as Hammers home woes continue

West Ham United 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – Reaction

Matt Beard was a frustrated figure after witnessing his West Ham United side dominate for large periods of their FA Women’s Supr League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion before succumbing to a second-half sucker punch delivered by Rianna Jarrett.

The Hammers dominated possession and the shot count but lacking a cutting edge, coupled with an impressive performance from Seagulls goalkeeper, Cecile Fiskerstrand, culminated in their fourth FAWSL defeat at Victoria Road in as many outings.

“I said it before the game: the game’s going to be won on who takes their chances and who doesn’t, and unfortunately for me, we had numerous in the first half, a few in the second half, and we were punished,” the Hammers chief bemoaned.

“We said it at half-time: we’ve got to be composed in front of goal, we’ve got to take that first chance early because the pressure grows, and then there was one error really and they’ve punished us.

“It is what it is – we can’t change the result. I think the performance was good but it’s frustrating we’ve got nothing out of the game.”
It was a case of Deja Vu for Beard and his side: “It’s been the story of the season again.

“It happened against Reading here. We could have been two or three up early doors – and it’s happened again here today.

“We’ve had some really good chances and for whatever reason, we’ve snatched at it or not made the right decision or we’ve had an extra touch, but I can’t change it.

“I thought Brighton deserve credit for hanging in there the back end of that last ten minutes. It’s a disappointing result for us and obviously a great result for them.”

(Quotes courtesy of West Ham United FC)

Brian Jeeves

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