By George Overhill

11th Feb, 2022 | 9:10pm

West Ham Women expert assesses state of the side ahead of the run in

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

Michelle Irons has given her assessment of the current state of the West Ham Women team ahead of the home stretch of an impressive season.

Currently sitting comfortably in mid-table, it has been a solid season so far, and could end up great if the Hammers can climb up the WSL and make a run in the FA Cup.

Since an unfortunate defeat to Brighton on the opening day of the season, where they had to play with 10 for the majority of the match, Olli Harder’s side have only been beaten by the top two, Arsenal and Chelsea, picking up a fantastic away win at Manchester City along the way.

Coming off two wins on the road, one in the league and one in the cup, a trip to Leicester on Sunday is next up.

Michelle Irons is feeling good about the way the side has been performing and has high hopes of challenging further up the table.

She told West Ham Zone: “West Ham have made strides in the league this season and our improvements all over the pitch are clear to see.

“We have worked hard to get points on the board and we are a very versatile team, as shown by 11 different players getting on the score sheet this season – and we know goals win games.

“We are oozing confidence and professionalism, and can really push up the league to put pressure on the likes of City, Reading and Spurs.”

After only finishing clear of relegation by three points when finishing ninth last season it is a considerably better picture for West Ham Women past the half-way stage this year.

Currently in seventh, and a full 16 points clear of the bottom spot, there should be no worries about relegation and instead the focus can be up not down.

In other West Ham news, Declan Rice has discussed his future with Gary Neville on the Overlap.