By George Overhill

16th Feb, 2022 | 1:39pm

West Ham Women expert very disappointed with shock 3-0 loss at Leicester

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 was not happy with what she saw as West Ham Women went down 3-0 at Leicester City in the Women’s Super League.

Having won the corresponding fixture 4-0 back in September, and coming into the game off the back of a league and cup victory respectively, a good result was expected.

But after going behind early to the promoted side, and quickly conceding a second, the Hammers were unable to get back into the game, with a third goal soon after the break putting the result beyond doubt.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone Michelle Irons reacted to the defeat: “The team was missing a pair of important figures in Abbey-Leigh Stringer and Lisa Evans but welcomed back Yui Hasegawa which was nice to see as she gives us a lot of depth and creates chances.

“The game started off very scrappy, with both teams unable to get hold of the ball. The pitch was atrocious so chances were few and far between.

“The opening minutes showed that we were unable to cope with their main target player Natasha Flint, and she came good after a slow reaction by Mackenzie Arnold in goal whose miss-kick flew in via a heavy deflection off the striker.

“It was safe to say we were shocked by this, and with Leicester having their tails up and battling hard they soon doubled their lead.

Ashleigh Plumptre got her head to a free kick swung high into the box and Arnold was unable to keep it out, suddenly leaving West Ham 2-0 down inside 10 minutes.

Any hopes of a come back were dashed when Freya Gregory scored five minutes after the break.

Michelle summed up the performance, saying: “I can only describe the Hammers as fractured and lacking ideas going forward. I’m not happy with using the the pitch as an excuse for the result.

“We should be beating a team like Leicester with their defensive frailties, but credit where it is due, they wanted to win.

“Before the game this team were full of confidence and had come off the back of some excellent results, but this was not our day, it was Leicester’s.

“This was an opportunity squandered, not missed. I am a very disappointed Hammer.”

A trip to Reading in the FA Cup follows the international break, before the tricky visit of reigning WSL champions Chelsea on March 10.

In other West Ham news, Mark Noble is in talks over an executive role at the London Stadium.