West Ham Women expert reacts to 1-0 win v Tottenham Hotspur
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Michelle Irons has reacted after West Ham Women secured a narrow 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday to bag their third victory of the season.
While the result – the side’s first-ever over Spurs – left her elated, she was far from happy with the performance of Olli Harder’s side in the opening 45 minutes, as it left her with her heart in her mouth.
The win ensured that the Ironesses equalled their number of wins last season, and they head into the break in great spirits.
Harder will be looking to make improvements to his side going forward, though, and Michelle Irons believe they need to get better while in possession.
She told West Ham Zone: “I was really looking forward to the game at home before the international break, and it was great to see so many fans in attendance.
“It was nice to see a lot of away fans for a London derby, lots of families made the trip across.
“The game started a bit patchy and West Ham couldn’t really get hold of the ball enough in the first half to dictate play as we did against Reading the previous week.
“We had some good moments, especially when Yui Hasegawa got on the ball. As I’ve said many times, she’s a pleasure to watch as she is always looking to make something happen in attack.
“I was slightly disappointed with our composure on the ball as we kept giving back possession throughout the half, and Spurs looked most likely to score at the time.
“It was a relief to get to half-time all square as I think we were getting tired and our play had slowed down.
“The second half was a different story. I could see Dagny Brynjarsdottir pushing on and Katerina Svitkova getting a lot of space to whip in crosses.
“The goal came at the right time and through a well-worked effort by Lisa Evans to pick out Claudia Walker, who was marked, and the ball fell to Dagny, who casually slotted it home.
“It was such a great moment for the fans and the roar was deafening as we haven’t had much success against Spurs, who have started so brightly this season.
“We got to full-time after some magnificent saves from Mackenzie Arnold to get us the three points. I’m really happy we kept a clean sheet and showed we could change our style and adapt to pressure.
“So far, so good in the league and the cup. Great to see Adriana Leon at the game. She looked happy and relaxed and was having photos with the young fans. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we see her in claret and blue once again. We are still unbeaten at home.”
West Ham Women travel to Everton on December 12 when Women’s Super League action resumes, and they will be looking to get another win and push towards the top three.
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