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FA Women’s Premier League
West Ham United Women v Reading Women (3pm)
West Ham United manager, Matt Beard, will be looking for a vast improvement from his side when they face Reading at Rush Green Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers were thrashed by five unanswered goals at Manchester City last time out, a result and performance which Beard deemed unacceptable.
“The performance wasn’t good enough,” Beard told www.whufc.com.
“We’ve let ourselves down and we’ve let the Club down. It’s super frustrating because we are better than what we have produced today.
“We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing. We can’t keep having good periods for ten minutes and then poor periods for 10-15 minutes. We’ve got to get some consistency in our game. I felt we started the game brightly. We got into good positions and played some good stuff, but then we concede from a corner and we fold like a pack of cards for a period.”
Visitors, Reading, also ended up frustrated after they twice allowed a two-goal lead to slip in their FAWSL clash with Bristol City. Remi Allen, Brooke Chaplen and Angharad James were on target for the Royals. The point moved them up to seventh.
Everton Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (12:30pm)
Stand-in skipper, Josie Green, spoke positively about Tottenham’s North London derby display, despite chief-rivals, Arsenal, eventually claiming all three points thanks to second-half goals from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema.
With Jenna Schillaci on the bench, Green was handed the armband for what was a historic encounter which attracted a record FAWSL crowd of almost 39,000 to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“The result was massively tough to take,” the midfielder told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“I think we executed our game plan well, the girls worked so hard for each other, we believed that we could have got something from the game and we had the chances to do so.
“We’re gutted the game ended with that result, but it shows how far we have come as a team in such a short period of time. I’m just really proud of the girls in showing what we could do.
“I think the chances we had in the first half just gave us confidence going into the break knowing the game was there for the taking – we had some good opportunities in that first period and we were in there at 0-0. I think the thoughts of the team at the break were ‘we’ve got this, let’s go out and give it another half, just like we have done’ but unfortunately, it just didn’t go our way.”
Spurs will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Everton this weekend – the Toffees having won a derby of their own against Liverpool in front of 23,500 at Anfield.
Lucy Graham scored the only goal of a competitive contest right on the stroke of half-time. “It was a massive occasion and I’m delighted to be on the scoresheet, but the win was no less than the girls deserved,” she told www.evertonfc.com.
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Manchester United Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (Noon)
Bristol City Women v Manchester City Women (12:30pm)
Arsenal Women v Liverpool Women (2pm)
Birmingham City Women v Chelsea Women (2:45pm)
FA Women’s Championship
Aston Villa Women v Lewes Women (Noon)
Sheffield United Women v Durham Women (Noon)
Blackburn Ladies v Crystal Palace Women (2pm)
Leicester City Women v Coventry United Ladies (2pm)
London Bees v Charlton Athletic Women (2pm)