Hope Powell has been pleased with her side’s mentality even in the difficult moments so far this campaign.
Having got off to a good start in the FA WSL with a win over Birmingham City and a draw at Manchester City, defeats against Manchester United and Arsenal have followed.
The Albion head coach has been satisfied with her team’s efforts, however, and the way they have gone about their work.
She said, “We had a really good start with the win over Birmingham, and then the draw that felt like a win against Manchester City. We have then played United and Arsenal, but even though those games were tough, I have been really pleased with the way we have presented ourselves, the way we have tried to play.
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“We have played higher up the pitch and haven’t sat back, while trying to keep the scoreline down. I have actually been pleased overall, although obviously disappointed with the results.
“The girls are making the effort to play the way we want them to and watching the Arsenal game back, 5-0 was harsh, but we tried to play.
“When you have players against you who are maybe a little bit quicker, a bit physically stronger and have more experience, it’s tough to play against. But we have kept going in those tough games and I am proud of that.”
Today’s hosts maintain a 100 per cent win record in the league this season, with four victories to date.
They have made a number of impressive signings over the summer, with Powell expecting a really tough affair.
“They have brought in some really good players and they’re full of confidence. It will be interesting to see when they play the ‘bigger teams’ as that will be the real test. But they’re flying, we recognise that and we have to be at our best to get something out of the game.”