West Ham Women expect reviews point stolen at the death v Manchester United
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West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons looked back at the third of four games in 11 days, arguably the most memorable of the run.
Manchester United came to town hot on the heels of the win over Birmingham, providing a challenge from the opposite end of the table, but the Hammers rose to the occasion in dreadful weather conditions.
A 93rd-minute equaliser saw the side rescue a record-breaking point against the side sitting third in the league table.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, Michelle Irons took us through a memorable night: “West Ham lined up strongly against a Europe-chasing Man United side.
“The game was under the lights with awful wet weather but the crowd were loud.
“Man United brought a cluster of fans who were parked just behind the goal.
“The game started brightly with both sides attacking down the wings, and the home side with Adriana Leon in attack.
“Once again really good to see Adriana back fit and raring to go. She really gives us a different dimension, and going forward the added attack of Yui Hasegawa and Katerina Svitkova makes an exciting time in attacking football for us.
“The ball was heavily effected by the wet conditions, with it going out of play on more than a few occasions, and neither team could really grab hold of it.
“At half time we settled for a 0-0, which was the result of not too many chances at either end.
“Second half, Manchester United came out of the blocks and created a few chances, which resulted in pressure building in our box, failing to clear a corner, and with a terrible deflection the United goal crept over the line from Ella Toone.
“The away fans liked that very much and let us home fans know.
“This West Ham team this season has had no issues with scoring goals, especially at home, and no issue keeping the pressure on.
“Once again an improved season in many ways, and attitude is one of this team’s best attributes.
“The game in the second half was a high intensity affair, with the home keeper Mackenzie Arnold busy between the sticks. But she stuck to her task and kept us in with a shout.
“As time went on West Ham were pushing, and Svitkova was allowed enough space to ping perfect balls into Tameka Yallop and Leon, but with no result.
“Nevertheless we won a corner and up against it all Grace Fisk dug out an equaliser with a gliding header into the net, leaving the Man U players speechless, a fantastically worked goal.
“Grit, determination and a willingness not to give up brought us a well deserved point at home. And with it we reached our best ever points tally in a WSL season.”
Fantastic fight from Olli Harder’s team to claw back a point in the dying seconds against a side challenging at the top of the table.
The apocalyptic conditions on the night only added to a dramatic result where the Hammers refused to lie down despite going behind.
Incredibly, the quick-fire run of fixtures did not end there, with the quarterfinals of the FA Cup four days later, practically a luxury after back-to-back three day turnarounds.
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