By Sam Stone

27th Oct, 2022 | 11:10am

West Ham Women 'meant business' in Women's Super League win over Reading

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 expert Michelle Irons felt the Hammers “meant business” in their 3-2 WSL win over Reading on Sunday 23 October.

First-half goals from Viviane Asseyi and  Dagny Brynjarsdottir put the Irons into a comfortable lead heading into the halftime break.

The Royals fought back in the second period but Paul Konchesky’s side held on for the three points. Irons felt the Hammers’ first-half performance was as good as they’ve played this season.

“This fixture is personally one of my favourites as it never fails to disappoint with action on the pitch and plenty of goals,” Irons exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“West Ham meant business against the Royals and continued this fine vein of form and created more chances down each flank. We did everything right during the first half, we attacked in numbers and we defended in numbers.”

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“They attacked second balls and were disciplined in defence. The Irons capitalised on Reading’s mistakes and made them chase the ball all over the pitch. Paul Konchesky’s side thoroughly deserved to go into the second half leading. Konchesky’s side started to tail off the in the second period and Reading grew in confidence.

“Surprisingly Dagny was substituted on the hour, and I think we lost a lot of our midfield containment with this decision. Overall, another good performance in the league against the teams around us and another three points at home.”

Konchesky’s side now sit fifth in the league standings with a mouthwatering trip to table-topping Arsenal in their next fixture.

If West Ham can pull off an unlikely victory they could jump into the top three with Everton and Manchester United also facing each other. The Irons will be without Hawa Cissoko, who is still suspended after her red card against Aston Villa.