By Adefunmiloye Alani

9th Nov, 2021 | 9:15am

West Ham Women expert impressed by Mackenzie Arnold in 4-0 loss

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Michelle Irons has singled out West Ham Women goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold for praise despite Sunday’s 4-0 loss at the hands of Arsenal.

Olli Harder’s side could not cope against the quality of the Women’s Super League leaders away from home, suffering their second loss of the campaign.

The East Londnon outfit shipped a goal in the first-half before conceding thrice after play restarted, and Irons wants them to quickly put that defeat behind them.

She told West Ham Zone: “Overall, this performance was a dogged one from start to finish. We had a few bright sparks and showed some promise, but when Arsenal get into the second or third gear, they are just unstoppable.

“I thought Arnold had a worthy performance although four goals got past her and she’s a fine keeper, but Arsenal are something special.

“I’d really like us to move on from this performance as soon as possible and concentrate on a very winnable game at home.

“I’m glad we are back at home after a result like this as the crowd are always good. I don’t want to feel too down about this result as I feel we’ve made strides as a team and already can see the team performing better compared to this time last season.

“I’d love us to get three points which will take us to double figures. I’ll be there cheering them on!”

West Ham Women host Reading on Sunday, and victory over a side that have lost four out of six games this season should not be hard to secure.

They have won twice and drawn twice, and another victory will see them go into double figures in terms of points earned.

The Hammers won just thrice last term, drawing six times and losing 13, and equaling that number of victories this early into the campaign will be remarkable.

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