By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Sep, 2021 | 6:09am

West Ham Women Expert disappointed with 1-1 draw with Aston Villa

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 is disappointed West Ham United were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa during their Women’s Super League game on Saturday.

The Irons lost their opener against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend and were looking to bounce back in their first home game of the new campaign.

Adriana Leon opened the scoring with the simplest of finishes to get the Hammers off the mark for the season eight minutes into the game.

West Ham had the chance to double their lead minutes later after Elisha N’Dow’s poor back pass put her goalkeeper in trouble, but Hannah Hampton recovered well to prevent Leon from grabbing her second.

They were made to pay for their missed chances as Remi Allen headed into the back of the net and snatched a late equaliser deep into injury time for Villa.

West Ham manager Olli Harder was disappointed with the result, and Michelle Irons reckons it was two dropped points and not a point earned.

She told West Ham Zone: “I thought we started brightly during the first half. However, some of our passes lacked discipline.

“We had a number of chances with Leon taking advantage of a few mistakes by Villa defenders but could not get that killer second goal.

“Villa were quiet going forward until 30 mins into the game when they took advantage of the space given to Remi Allen which would come to haunt us later in the game.

“I thought Stringer worked really hard in the middle and kept Lehmann at bay. But ultimately the equaliser came late into the second half which was quite predictable from us as they kept pushing and creating space.

“A very disappointing result here as I believe we were not ruthless enough to see the game out. We looked tired and lacked that killer edge.

“I see this as two points dropped rather than a point gained. We should be looking to get three points now against Leicester effectively and efficiently but we will see.”

West Ham Women need to be finishing off games like that, and those two dropped points could prove very costly going forward.

They face Leicester City on Sunday and will be hoping to pick up their first victory of the campaign.

Harder knows his team needs to improve on their finishing, and dominating games without the goals to show for it would not do them any good.

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