West Ham Women expert looks back at FA Cup victory at Reading
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Safely through to the next round of the FA Cup, our West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons has looked back on the victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.
After a thoroughly disappointing league defeat to lowly Leicester City the Hammers had a tricky away trip in the FA Cup.
Sitting three points behind the hosts in the league but with a game in hand, the season suggested it would be a tight battle, and so it proved.
Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone Michelle Irons gave her thoughts on a hard-fought win: “This fixture against Reading is always a personal favourite of mine due to it always being entertaining and full of great moments.
“Reading are a well established WSL team in their own right and this was a classic encounter, with really the only missing thing being the goals.
“Both teams came out strong and I was glad to see the full return of Tameka Yallop, Yui Hasegawa and Lisa Evans all starting.
“This team has depth to it and the core players all adapt and play in different positions which allowed us to give Reading s good game at at their ground.
“Once again, as I would expect, both had chances at each end and this result could have gone either way.
“The dynamic changed for us when Adriana Leon came on – she gives us so much quality, and her movement and range of passing is something we have been lacking with her absent, so it was great to see her complete 60 mins.
“As the game headed towards extra-time Katerina Svitkova had two good chances, with a header and a shot hitting the side-netting since she always has an eye for a goal.
“The winning goal came from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir, with an initial corner from Leon whipped in nicely and the ball cleared before falling to Hasegawa.
“She then shot, prompting a mini scramble and a rebound attempt from Claudia Walker, with Dagny being in the best possible position to slot it home.
“Dagny has really cementing our goal ratio from midfield with some fantastic efforts form her this season. 1-0 to the Hammers and through to the next round.”
After the disappointment of the league defeat two weeks earlier it was a good response to get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity.
The next assignment is a big one, at home to title-chasing Chelsea in the WSL.
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