Powell: They showed more desire

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Albion boss Hope Powell believes that Tottenham Hotspur showed more desire in this afternoon’s 1-0 Barclays FA Women’s Super League defeat.

By Jake Ketley • 08 December 2019

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell looks on from the dugout.

Powell was disappointed that her team didn’t start with the same intensity that they finished with, and praised the fight the hosts displayed.

She said, “I don’t think we performed today. I think they had a little bit more desire than us, that allowed them to win the game. In the last 20 minutes we decided to play a bit and tried to get a goal back, but sadly that was too late.

“You have to play the way you finish the game. You can’t wait until you are a goal down before you start, so I’m disappointed today.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Ini Umotong takes a shot late on in the match.

The manager admitted that the team knew they’d be in for a battle, but took comfort from the fact the team are in a better position now than they were in the previous campaign.

“If the game isn’t going for you and the passes are going astray, then you need to fight and have that bit of desire that Spurs had today. We said before kick-off that it is going to be a bit of a scrap.

“The conditions were windy and the pitch wasn’t great, but they are the same for both teams, and they managed themselves better than we did.

“We have to remember that we are still in a better position now than where we were last year, so we can take heart from that. There will be a lot of scrapping at the bottom end of the table and we will have to be up for a fight.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion players in a group huddle after the match.

Attention then turned to the upcoming matches, with Albion facing London City Lionesses on Wednesday in the Continental League Cup, before heading to the Academy Stadium on Sunday to take on Manchester City.

“We have the Continental Cup match [against London City Lionesses on Wednesday], so we’ll have a day off for rest and recovery and then get back out on the training ground, and then we go again on the weekend [against Manchester City].

“It’s a big week for us, it’s heavy on the mind and heavy on the legs, but we have to manage it and it’s the same for everybody.”

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