Powell: We were deserved winners

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Albion manager Hope Powell was pleased to progress to the knockout stages of the Continental League Cup, and create plenty of chances along the way.

By Jake Ketley • 11 December 2019

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Albion manager Hope Powell was pleased with her side's performance.

Powell praised her side's attacking play against London City Lionesses as they slotted four goals past the Women’s Championship side in a 4-2 victory at Princes Park.

She said, “I’m pleased with the win. In the first half I think we played some very good football and showed patience in trying to move the ball around the back with some good movement in front.

“It was nice to score four goals, albeit two were own goals, but we still created enough chances to score. Credit to them, towards the end of the second half when they pressed higher, they were a threat and caused us a few problems. Generally, I’m relatively pleased to get through to the next stage.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Libby Bance in action against London City Lionesses.

The manager then assessed the match as a whole, and after highlighting the desire to play young players in the build=up to the game, she praised teenagers Libby Bance and Maya Le Tissier who were both in the starting line-up.

“I don’t think that [Lomdon City Lionesses first goal] was a penalty, and it gave them some momentum. We just had to be a bit disciplined and try to do the basics well. Credit to them, they tried to get back into the game and their second goal was pretty good, but we were deserved winners.

“We are a league above them and we are supposed to beat them, which brings its own pressures. With Libby who is only 16, Maya did well. I thought the players that came in did well today. More importantly we were creating goals and scoring from open play, which is what you want.” 

By Kyle Hemsley
Emily Simpkins brings the ball out of midfield.

Despite the positives from the win, Powell also focused on some improvements her team could make before heading into Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League match against Manchester City.

“Conceding two goals though means we’ve got to be better, but we’ll take the win.

"After last Sunday’s game where we didn’t play particularly well, we wanted to work on ball retention and keeping the ball moving. At times we did that well, but we’ve got to be a bit more consistent in our play.”