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Wednesday, February 10
FA Women’s Super League
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v West Ham United Women (7pm)
West Ham finds themselves embroiled in a relegation battle following Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with basement side, Bristol City at Victoria Road.
Katerina Svitkova netted after the interval to cancel out Emily van Egmond’s own-goal, but with Aston Villa seeing off Spurs, the Hammers slip to second from bottom ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea’s conquerors, Brighton.
“It wasn’t a great advertisement for football,” Hammers boss, Olli Harder confessed.
“The performance levels aren’t acceptable in the first half, which is something we need to address because we had the same issue against Chelsea.
“I firmly believe if we performed like we did in the second half then we could have got the result. Three points was not a must but something we were certainly hoping for.
Harder added: “We need to show that we do have the quality and that we have the players who have enough quality. But in terms of changing anything, it’s inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves.”
Chelsea Women v Arsenal Women (7pm)
Emma Hayes pulled no punches after witnessing Brighton end Chelsea’s 33-game unbeaten FAWSL run.
“Of course I’m disappointed to lose the game,” the Blues boss explained.
“I think the Manchester United result today and our result serves as a reminder that if you’re not on it in this league then you can be turned over.
“I thought our intention, our intensity and our aggression was really poor today. When you play in these games you have to take the game to the opponent and you have to work for spaces, for chances and to regain the ball. I don’t think we did that very well at all.
Hayes continued: “We’ve given away two set-piece goals which I don’t think we have in my whole time here. So extremely poor goals.
“I talk so much about character and resilience in my dressing room and now we get a chance to see that.
“You have to get beaten at some point. With losses comes learning and we don’t lose that often so we have to bounce back quickly.”
The Blues face an Arsenal side who also found themselves on the receiving end as Manchester City snatched the points at Boreham Wood.
Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro, remained upbeat, saying: “I can only complement the girls on their fight and their effort. It’s always a tough game against City and they definitely showed their quality, their consistency and the ability to keep their rhythm and tempo for the whole ninety minutes.
We can only control the control-ables and that’s for us to sort out.”
Tottenham Hotspur Women v Bristol City Women (7:30pm)
The honeymoon period for Rehanne Skinner is over after Tottenham suffered their second successive FAWSL defeat at Aston Villa.
Mana Iwabuchi superb first-half strike proved sufficient for the West Midlanders, despite the Lilywhites enjoying plenty of the ball and several opportunities.
Spurs now face a Bristol City side that has taken four points from the last six on offer, lifting them within touching distance of those immediately above them at the foot of the table.
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Birmingham City Women v Aston Villa Women (7:30pm)
Meanwhile, interim boss, Hege Riise, has selected a squad of twenty for England’s friendly fixture with Northern Ireland on February 23
The England squad in full is as follows;
Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham ), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)
Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Ellen White(Manchester City)