By Sam Stone

14th Mar, 2023 | 10:40pm

West Ham Women's expert stunned by Lucy Parker performance v 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’s expert Michelle Irons was blown away by Lucy Parker’s performance during the 2-1 WSL defeat to Reading.

Parker was thrown into the starting lineup to replace captain Dagny Brynjarsdóttir, who was missing due to an illness.

Despite her lack of game time, Irons was delighted with her midfield display and felt the 24-year-old was a “big positive” on an otherwise disappointing afternoon.

“West Ham made one change with Dagny Brynjarsdóttir missing after a minor illness which allowed Lucy Parker to make her long-awaited return and debut in defensive midfield,” Irons exclusively told West Ham Zone.

“It was an interesting change. She certainly can be flexible and her tackling and passing would work for us.

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“The 24-year-old was straight into the action and really making her mark. She spotted a nice bit of space in the Reading box and threaded an almost inch-perfect pass to Hayashi. She was really impressive in the opening exchanges.

“Parker was everywhere in the first half. Breaking up play and providing excellent cover for the back four. Her performance was a big positive.

West Ham have endured a tough run of form recently and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Manchester United on 25 March. The Red Devils are currently hunting down the title and have been in excellent form of late.