By Dean White

7th Mar, 2021 | 6:32pm

West Ham Women Expert: Hammers impress despite 2-0 loss v Chelsea

We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Irons as our exclusive West Ham Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Victoria Road…

West Ham performed above and beyond expectations on Sunday despite losing 2-0 at home against WSL leaders Chelsea, according to Michelle Irons.

Samantha Kerr and Beth England scored early in each half to earn all three points for Emma Hayes’ side, who kept themselves two points clear at the top of the table as second-placed Manchester City beat Everton 1-0.

Things aren’t as bright and merry for West Ham, however, as they could find themselves bottom of the table by the end of Monday if Bristol City beat Reading.

It was hardly a walkover for Chelsea though at Dagenham’s Victoria Road as the Irons did create several chances to score.

Our West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons was happy with the spirit Olli Harder’s team showcased on such a testing afternoon.

“This loss is hard to take because we played really well,” she said, speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone.

“The two goals were simple mistakes really but credit to the team they kept going and kept creating chances. Special mentions to Martha Thomas and Kate Longhurst. They never stopped going forward and trying to make something happen.

“West Ham set up positively and matched them in midfield and had some really well-worked chances.”

Harder made three changes to his team ahead of kick-off at Victoria Road with January signing Dagný Brynjarsdóttir earning her first start and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold being dropped from her regular role in between the sticks.

Michelle Irons was impressed by what she saw from Courtney Brosnan, who stepped in for Arnold while Kenza Dali also shone this weekend.

She added: “It was great to see Dali back and linking up well with Thomas. We have missed her influence on the pitch so if they stick together, we will be ok.

“I have another special mention to goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan who kept us in the game. She had some eye-catching saves in the game. It’s a shame to see [Mackenzie] Arnold not in the side as it’s been a tough couple of matches for her.

“I’m really excited to see Dagný Brynjarsdóttir play along with Dali, Longhurst and Emily van Egmond in our midfield. It was a very good debut from her.

Next up for West Ham is a home clash against Birmingham in nine days time’.

The West Midlands outfit are also under threat of relegation this season and were well beaten by Arsenal 4-0 on Sunday.

In other West Ham news, our panel of Super Fans have predicted the score against Leeds.