No complaints from Powell as Albion lose to Spurs

Head coach admits Tottenham were deserved 3-1 win in Sunday's WSL clash at The Hive.

By Bruce Talbot • 06 December 2020

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell saw her side go down to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Hope Powell admitted Tottenham deserved their 3-1 win over her Albion team in Sunday's WSL clash at The Hive.

Inessa Kaagman scored her second goal of the season to draw the visitors level in the first half and the Dutch midfielder also struck the bar in the second half, but Tottenham triumphed thanks to goals from Kerys Harrop, Angela Addison and a late penalty by Alex Morgan.

Powell said, "We didn't play as well as we can and Spurs deserved to win. They have got some very good players and were probably in a false position in the table and I thought they showed their quality at times today, they came at us and were quite competitive.

"We got back into the game with the penalty but the second half was very end to end and quite physical at times. Then a 2-1 Inessa hits the bar and if that goes in it's 2-2 but it didn't and in the end they were the better team and the result reflected that. We lacked a bit of quality on the ball and couldn't really find our passes."

There were some positives for Powell with defensive pair Victoria Williams and Rebekah Stott returning after injury while Ellie Brazil came on as a second-half substitute after 13 months out during which time she endured three knee operations.

Powell added, "It's great to see Ellie back on the pitch. With her pace she gives us another option. We will have to manage her minutes but her return and having two more defenders back gives us options with two home games to come."

It was the first time Albion had played in front of fans for ten months with a few hundred Spurs fans inside The Hive. "It definitely lifted them and it was great to see. We'll have fans back next Sunday against Chelsea which is something to look forward to," said Powell.