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Powell: One of our best results in WSL

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Head coach praises 'tremendous' performance as Albion hold Manchester City.

By Bruce Talbot • 13 September 2020

By Simon Davies
Albion head coach Hope Powell was delighted with her side's resilience against Manchester City.

Head coach Hope Powell praised a tremendous performance by Albion after they held Manchester City to a 0-0 draw to make it four points from their first two games in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.

Resilient Albion restricted last season's runners-up to very few clear cut-chances and had late opportunities themselves when skipper Dani Bowman went agonisingly close from a free kick. 

Powell said, "I think it's one of our best WSL results, when you look at the calibre of the opposition.

"We had a good game plan which I thought for 99% of the time we executed well. We didn't concede, we created opportunities and were resilient. To come away from a game against a team full of players who have won World Cups and been in Champions League matches with a point makes me very happy, I thought the girls were tremendous."

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Hope's Man City Reaction

Albion's last visit to the City Academy Stadium ended in a 5-0 defeat but there was never any chance of a repeat on Sunday. 

"When we lost 5-0 here in December we tried to play. Today we were matched them for pace, blocked their threats and deny them clear-cut goalscoring opportunities," added Powell. 

"Everyone played their part. The subs that came on show the strength in depth we have. And the whole squad will have to play their part in the future if we are to climb the table and compete against the bigger names in this league."

Seven Albion players are heading off on international duty this week. Their next game is the FA Cup semi-final against Birmingham City on 27th September. 

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