By Sam Stone

7th Dec, 2022 | 11:10pm

West Ham United Women's expert pleased with 'composed' victory v Birmingham

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 United Women’s expert Michelle Irons felt Paul Konchesky’s side were “composed” during their 2-0 Continental Cup victory over Birmingham City.

Goals from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and Kate Longhurst were enough for the Hammers to take them top of their group.

Irons believes Birmingham failed to mount any “credible” threat during the encounter as West Ham continued their impressive start to their cup campaign.

“Wet and windy conditions for this game meant the ball was quick and slippery on the pitch. I think that suited our play a lot as we like to get the ball down the wings with the likes of Kirsty Smith and Risa Shimizu seeing a lot of ball possession.

“The solid duo of Stringer and Bryjarsdottir in the middle gives us some breathing space as they both have a fantastic understanding and allow each other to do their defensive and attacking work. As we have seen already this season Dagny is such a threat and with the skill of Kirsty Smith and her eye for a pass or cross, most of our threats can be from all areas.

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“West Ham were pretty much in control as Birmingham just didn’t seem to be able to create any credible threat which was mainly due to West Ham’s efficient backline. It was a composed performance against a decent challenger in Birmingham City. This result puts us top of Group C.”

Konchesky’s side now face Brighton in their next Continental Cup fixture as they look to cement their position at the top of Group C. However, before that West Ham face a trip to Tottenham in what promises to be an intriguing all-London encounter.