West Ham Women expert impressed by 2-0 win over Manchester City
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Michelle Irons was thrilled to see West Ham Women secure a 2-0 win against Manchester City at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, and she believes anything is possible this term.
Olli Harder’s side bagged an empathic 4-0 win against Leicester City last weekend to pick up their first win of the new Women’s Super League campaign following a 2-0 loss to Brighton and a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
West Ham continued from where they stopped when they visited Man City, recording back-to-back wins for the first time under Harder.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir opened the scoring with a brilliant header in the first-half, while a sweet lob from Yui Hasegawa doubled their advantage in the closing stages of the game.
West Ham moved to 5th in the WSL table as a result of the win, with just five points between them and leaders Arsenal.
They will fancy their chances of improving on last season’s ninth-placed finish, and Michelle Irons was very pleased with their defensive performances against City.
She told West Ham Zone: “I thought City appeared very fractured and unorganised. However, they had good movement in parts but never put us under any pressure.
“I thought Abbey-Leigh Stringer has been immense the last couple of weeks. She’s a real presence in midfield and has played her part in stabilising our team. Her role is not fashionable one bit, but her performances are not going unnoticed.
“Our passing and distribution have greatly improved, and the addition of Hasegawa has been a master class from Olli. She’s a real threat and is always looking to get something started. She ultimately played her part in the opening goal and made herself available for an attack, giving Dagny an absolute peach of a header for her first goal.
“So pleased for the team as it showed how much they’ve worked on this. We rode the storm but could sense an air of panic amongst the City players as they probably were expecting an easy win here – which is dangerous. We took our chances and came away with 3 points which were well deserved.
“At no point did I think we would capitulate this game. I had massive confidence we would hold our line, and we were victorious. This is a huge result and credit to the team and coaches for this, as our defensive vulnerabilities were literally a thing of the past.
“I’d love to see more fans at the next game at home against Birmingham City in abundance as the girls really deserve it. They’ve been so professional. So proud of them for standing up and facing a huge wave of pressure. This season, anything is possible.”
Sunday’s win was the side’s first WSL victory over Man City, condemning them to successive home league defeats for the first time since 2014.
Birmingham have lost all their four league games this term, and the Ironesses have a great chance to equal the number of victories they secured last term just after five games this term.
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