By Sam Stone

9th Nov, 2022 | 11:10pm

Expert: West Ham Women played Brighton at wrong time

We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Irons as our exclusive West Ham Women expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Victoria Road…

West Ham Women’s expert Michelle Irons believes Paul Konchesky’s side played Brighton and Hove Albion at the wrong time.

The Seagulls have recently parted ways with manager Hope Powell, who was in charge of the club for five years.

Irons believes a fresh approach for the Seagulls had a big influence as Brighton ran away 5-4 winners in the Hammers’ latest WSL fixture.

“Overall, this was an awkward time to play a team that has just relieved their manager,” Irons exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“They had a fresh focus and new ideas and it always works out like that. It was a battling performance from the Hammers with a great attitude by the whole squad to keep the score line down and avoid embarrassment.

“We showed some strengths with our height and quick start, but we haven’t kept a clean sheet since we played Everton in mid-September in all competitions. We missed the quality of MacKenzie Arnold and the reliability of Hawa CIssoko.”

Konchesky’s side have endured a tough run of form lately and have fallen to eighth in the league standings after a flying start to their campaign.

Next up is a must-win game against Leicester City who currently sit bottom of the WSL table without a point to their name so far.

West Ham will be welcoming back Hawa Cissoko after her unprecedented five-game ban for her involvement in an incident in the Hammers’ win over Aston Villa.