West Ham Women Expert baffled by goalless draw v Aston Villa
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Michelle Irons is baffled that West Ham failed to score in their 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Olli Harder watched his side pepper the Villa goal with shots at Villa Park but despite the failure to break the deadlock, the Hammers still manage to all but secure WSL survival with that point in the West Midlands.
With one match to play, West Ham are three points ahead of bottom-placed Bristol City. However, it would require an insane swing in goal difference for the Irons to drop into the relegation zone while Aston Villa would have to beat Arsenal in their final match too.
It’s practically impossible for the Hammers to go down now and while Michelle Irons has bemoaned the failure to score against Villa on Sunday, she’s delighted with certain individuals including defender Hawa Cissoko.
Speaking to West Ham Zone, she said: “Firstly, this was a fantastic game of football and secondly, how on earth did that finish goalless?
“We started so brightly. We should have been winning within 10 minutes. We were organised and disciplined as our passing looked improved while our crossing and link-up play were excellent.
“I lost count of how many clearcut chances we had but we just did not have that killer blow. I’m slightly disappointed not to have won the game but credit to Villa who worked really hard to keep Martha Thomas stretching and under pressure.
“Once again Hawa Cissoko was solid at the back in defence. She is so reliable and for me, she has improved our defence immensely.
“I also thought Mayumi Pacheco had a fantastic game and her decision making was very good she stretched the game with her runs and was composed on the ball.
“I would have liked to have seen Emily van Egmond get that winning goal at the death but she hit the bar but that’s was a lovely piece of skill from her.”
West Ham will play their final WSL match of the season on Sunday when they take on title-chasing Manchester City at Victoria Road.
Man City know that a win will crown them as champions but the Hammers know that if they take any points off of their upcoming opponents, it could hand the title to London rivals Chelsea, who are one point behind first place.
Either way, the most important thing for the Irons is that they are all but safe and that safety should be confirmed by the end of play this weekend.
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