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The FA Women’s Super League and Championship fixtures – Sunday, October 27
Bristol City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (3pm)
Karen Hills was delighted with her much-changed Tottenham Hotspur side following their Continental League Cup clash with West Ham United.
Rianna Dean and Josie Green gave Spurs a 2-0 lead before Martha Thomas and Kenza Dali responded to take the game to penalties.
Tottenham won the resulting shootout, But Head Coach Hills was more pleased with the overall display from the Lillywhites.
“I thought we were outstanding in the 90 minutes of the game,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“We made a lot of changes and gave some of the girls who haven’t played much a good opportunity to get some minutes and I thought every one of them did brilliantly.
“We controlled the game and I was really pleased. Then injury time came and West Ham pulled one back, then they were on the front foot and we gifted them a silly free-kick.
“We’re obviously disappointed to concede two late goals but overall, from a performance point of view, I thought the players did exceptionally well.”
Tottenham returns to FAWSL action against their Bristol City counterparts and will be keen to bounce back after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Manchester United at the Hive last time out.
City won their League Cup match at Brighton by the odd goal in three last weekend. Abi Harrison and Ebony Salmon with the all-important goals. However, the west county side are without a victory in the FAWSL and currently sit tenth in the table with two points from four outings.
West Ham United Women v Chelsea Women (3pm)
Matt Beard will be looking for an improvement from his West Ham United side when they return to FAWSL action against Chelsea at xx on Sunday.
The Hammers fought back from two goals behind to force a penalty shootout in last weekend’s Continental League Cup tie with Spurs. But after the North Londoners had held their nerve from the spot to win 4-2, Beard admitted his frustration as West Ham’s stuttering start to the season continued.
“My frustration is we haven’t built on a positive performance last week,” he told www.whufc.com.
“We keep talking about work-ethic and the physicality of this league, and how teams will put you under pressure. In terms of that, there were times we dealt with it very well and times we put ourselves under pressure.”
Martha Thomas and Kenza Dali pulled West ham back into the match after Rianna Dean and Josie Green had given Tottenham the advantage. However, Beard’s frustration was clear: “Martha’s goal got us back in it and it was a great free-kick from Kenza to level the game, which are the positives for us in terms of getting back into the game,” he added.
“We’ve come back from two goals down. But we have to address our work rate.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea warmed up for their trip across the capital with a comfortable 3-0 League Cup victory at Crystal Palace. Bethany England bagged a brace for the Blues – Drew Spence was also on target.
Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (12:30pm)
Manchester United Women v Reading Women (12:30pm)
Birmingham City Women v Liverpool Women (2pm)
Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women (2:30pm)