West Ham Women expert looks back on defeat by Chelsea
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It was a chastening defeat to Chelsea in the first of four games in 10 days, and our West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons has recalled the action.
The reigning champions are always an extremely tough proposition, and so it proved here, with a 4-1 defeat Victoria Road.
It was a rough outing, with the almost two-week gap from the FA Cup win over Reading making it hard to maintain any momentum from the previous result.
Speaking exclusive to West Ham Zone, Michelle said: “West Ham Women sent out a team with a couple of changes, bringing in Zaneta Wyne and Lucy Parker.
“This is always a high tempo game against a very good Chelsea side.
“They started strongly, forcing a good save from Mackenzie Arnold from a Sam Kerr header.
“That was a warning for the home side as not too long after, the first goal went in from Pernille Harder.
“It’s always a challenge to nullify the Chelsea attack and when they are in full flow it’s hard to stop.
“The first half was tiresome for the Hammers as Chelsea went 2-0 up in 20 minutes, with Niamh Charles adding the second.
“West Ham pushed on with no luck at all and conceded the third goal of the half through Harder again.
“The Irons started brightly after the break, and Dagny Brynjarsdóttir arrived late in the box to volley a well deserved goal home.
“It was a well worked goal, from a through pass by Yui Hasegawa to Kate Longhurst before Dagny hit the target, another goal to add to her impressive season stats.
“Unfortunately though this game was ultimately going through the motions as Kerr added a fourth later as Chelsea gave us our first defeat of the season at home.”
Olli Harder’s team won’t be judged on the result to Emma Hayes’ title chasing side, especially with plenty of action to follow in a short space of time.
The priority was to regroup as fast as possible, with a trip to Birmingham to come just three days later.
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