By Sam Stone

25th Oct, 2022 | 10:40pm

West Ham Women expert shares thoughts on Hawa Cissoko incident v Aston Villa

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

West Ham Women’s expert Michelle Irons feels Hawa Cissoko will learn from her mistake as the 25-year-old was shown a straight red during the Hammers’ win over Aston Villa.

The French midfielder lashed out and was rightfully sent off in added time with Paul Konchesky also sent to the stands after his involvement.

Irons feels that Cissoko was provoked and that Villa’s players cannot be overlooked when it comes to the incident.

“There were plenty of calls from the home fans for our players to be sent off which was a bizarre take on things mostly directed at Asseyi and Cissoko,” she exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“I suppose that was the theme for the afternoon considering the battles between Cissoko/Mayling and Cissoko/Daly but the ref was largely ignoring it and the game was flowing nicely.

“Cissoko saw a straight red for hitting Mayling across the face. A lot has been said about this and it seems Cissoko was provoked and lashed out.

“I’m sure she will be the first one to admit she has done wrong, but the actions of the Villa players cannot be overlooked.

“Cissoko will rightly be banned for a number of games now through her own lack of composure, but I genuinely feel she was hard done by.

“She will learn from this as she is a pivotal part of this team. She has improved tremendously under Paul Konchesky and is a really important figure going forward.”

Cissoko will be a huge loss to the Hammers, with Irons previously singing her praises after her man-of-the-match display against Everton earlier in the season.

West Ham will be without the 25-year-old for a number of weeks but have enjoyed a good start to their WSL campaign and currently sit fifth in the league standings.

The Hammers’ next fixture against Arsenal will be a proper test of Konchesky’s side as they face an away trip to league leaders Arsenal.