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FA Women’s Super League
West Ham United Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (3pm)
West Ham will be looking to bounce back from late derby disappointment when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Rush Green Stadium.
Kenza Dali’s strike appeared to have earned the inconsistent Hammers a share of the spoils at Spurs last weekend. However, the east Londoners were to be undone six minutes into stoppage-time when Rianna Dean nodded a winner for the Lilywhites.
Head Coach, Matt Beard, offered a ruthless assessment of the setback: “The most frustrating thing for me was that we had three really good opportunities in the first half,” he told www.whufc.com.
“We could have gone one, two or even three goals up. But we either made the wrong choice or we’ve snapped at the finish, and then we didn’t set-up on their corner and they scored from it.
“We showed character at the end to get back into the game. When we scored, we then had a great opportunity to score again.
“Today was about first and second balls and, ultimately, Tottenham were better at that. I said to the girls this week, and before the game, that the team that would win the game would be the team with heart and desire.
“I’m not saying we didn’t have that, but it felt like, at times, they wanted it more than we did. Ultimately, that cost us the game today.”
Reading arrive in the capital boosted by the news that England’s record cap holder, Fara Williams, has extended her contract with Royals until the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.
Meanwhile, the Berkshire side moved up to fourth in the FAWSL – Amalie Eikeland’s goal enough to sink Birmingham City ay Adams Park.
Manchester United Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (Noon)
Spurs ended their recent winless sequence with a dramatic late victory over capital rivals, West Ham United – and now, they will be looking to enhance their place in the top five with a victory at Manchester United.
One point separates the sides in the FAWSL table, with Spurs holding the slender advantage. The Lilywhites leapfrogging the North-West outfit, who’s game with Liverpool fell foul of the weather.
Emma Mitchell – signed on loan from Arsenal – and Rianna Dean bagged the all-important goal against the Hammers, leaving Head Coach, Karen Hills, delighted with her sides toil.
“It’s a huge win and three massive points for us, especially on the back of last week’s defeat, we’ve bounced back really well,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“We could have had a couple more goals, but we got the win and it’s massive for us. I thought we dominated a lot of play and we were aggressive in the areas we have been working on in training.
“We created and had really good opportunities to score and that’s always pleasing to see as a coach.
“We got the goals today and had to work hard for them, but I’m really pleased with the performance and it’s all about the momentum now going into next week’s game away to Manchester United.”
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Birmingham City Women v Manchester City Women
Arsenal Women v Chelsea Women
Everton Women v Reading Women
Bristol City Women v Liverpool Women
FA Women’s Championship
Durham Women v London City Lionesses
Charlton Athletic Women v Blackburn Ladies
Coventry United Ladies v Sheffield United Women
Crystal Palace Women v Leicester City Women
Lewes Women v London Bees