West Ham Women reacts to bounce-back victory over Birmingham
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West Ham Women bounced back from the defeat to Chelsea with a win on the road but Michelle Irons raises an issue that hurt the fixture.
The hard-fought victory at Birmingham got the Hammers back on track in the WSL, but fixture-scheduling robbed fans of the chance to attend.
Despite this, Olli Harder’s side secured their first league in for over a month, and a valuable three points.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone Irons addressed a recurring issue: “West Ham took on bottom side Birmingham at an empty St. Andrews.
“This game clashed with the men’s fixture at home to Aston Villa.
“For season ticket holders of both teams this was really disappointing in terms of the scheduling, as many of us would have liked to attend both fixtures.
“Once again the FAs commitment to the women’s game comes into question.
“Back to the game at hand, I was delighted to see Adriana Leon back and starting the game but surprised to see Yui Hasegawa on the bench.
“Birmingham had some good play at points, with Lucy Quinn always looking a threat.
“Just before half time Leon reacted best to a pinpoint corner from Katerina Svitkova and volleyed a lovely goal into the back of the net.
“Leon is a fan favourite and brings us such quality on the ball. She’s worked really hard to get back into the starting XI and she took her chance very well.
“The best moment of the game came late into the second half when Hawa Cissoko allowed the ball to slip though her legs but recovered to make a block, before Parker also made one on the ricocheting ball.
“West Ham then took the ball on the counter-attack with an absolutely beautiful pass to Lisa Evans who hit the ball inches wide past the City Keeper.
“Evans had another golden opportunity to slot the ball past the keeper and put the game beyond doubt, but shot wide again.
“The team held out for a well deserved three points, and the goal for a returning Leon saw West Ham finish the weekend in 6th.”
The best possible response to getting back into the line up for Leon, and the Irons were back to winning ways.
Once again there was little time to reflect on the result, as the next fixture against Manchester United was just three days away.
The games were coming thick and fast, and the team had to recover as soon as possible, to go up against strong opposition.
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