Powell delighted after Albion claim narrow win

Head coach's verdict after 1-0 victory over West Ham United.

By Bruce Talbot • 15 November 2020

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion celebrate after their 1-0 win over West Ham.

Head coach Hope Powell praised his the determination of her team after they claimed their second WSL win of the season.  

Rianna Jarrett’s second-half header secured a 1-0 over West Ham United although Powell felt her side were not always at their best. 

Powell missed the game as she continues to self-isolate with Perry Northeast, technical director of Albion's Regional Talent Centre, in charge on the touchline. 

She said, “I don’t think we played particularly well, but we were gutsy and determined.

“It wasn’t a great game by our standards, but it’s about points on the board and we scored the only goal. In terms of performance, we showed character trying to compete, but we didn’t play as well as I know we can.

“So in that respect a little bit disappointed. But in terms of securing three points, I am very much delighted.

By Kyle Hemsley
Aileen Whelan breaks forward against West Ham.

“We showed a bit of fight and determination compared to last week when we lost 2-0 to Aston Villa and I thought today that the subs that came on for us had a really positive impact on the game.

“We showed that bit of ability and desire to right the wrongs of last week and I know Perry and the girls will be delighted.”

Powell praised matchwinner Jarrett who scored her first WSL goal to settle a tight contest.

“It was a great goal and a very composed finish. Rianna saw the threat of the goalkeeper coming off her line and dinked it over the player on the line as well. That’s what she has been brought in to do, score goals, by our own admission we don’t score enough so hopefully that will be good for her confidence going forward.”