Umotong: We were dominant

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Albion striker Ini Umotong was happy to see the team's hard work pay off as they progressed to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday.

By Jake Ketley • 27 January 2020

By Kyle Hemsley
Ini Umotong opened the scoring in the Women's FA Cup match.

Umotong got herself on the scoresheet by netting a first-half penalty after she was brought down in the box, and it set up Albion for a 3-2 victory over Championship leaders Aston Villa.

She said, “I thought we dominated the game. We got complacent at times in the second half, but we still saw it out. It was a really good performance, especially in the first half, as we were scoring goals and creating a lot of chances. We worked on that a lot last week in training and it’s really nice to see it pay off during the game.

“It was good to score the penalty, especially after last time (missing in the Continental League Cup earlier this month against Manchester United). The girls gave me a lot of confidence, which was really nice, so I took a lot of belief from them when I stepped up to take it.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Ini Umotong slots away a penalty against Aston Villa.

Despite opening the scoring, Albion conceded a matter of minutes later and the Nigeria international praised the persistence of the home side who made it tough for the Seagulls.

She added, “We knew that the time when we are most vulnerable is in the five minutes after we scored, so we knew it would be tough but we bounced back really well getting two more goals in the half and we could have got more.

“They are a strong side and they are in a good position in their league. They threw a lot of bodies forward at the end, but we controlled it very well and managed to see it out.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Ini Umotong celebrates with her team-mates after scoring against Aston Villa.

The striker also praised the turnout in Boldmere and said that the atmosphere the crowd brought to the game made it feel like a traditional FA Cup tie.

“It was a really good crowd, very lively and we could hear the drums out on the pitch. It’s always fun to play for a crowd like this and you could definitely feel that it was an FA Cup tie," she added.

“This will give us a lot of confidence going into the upcoming league matches. We are just building and finding things to work on, and we were able to practice things we want to do in the league and help build on our form.”