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POWELL: THEY SHOWED THEIR CLASS

9 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Hope Powell watches from the sideline.

Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell admitted Chelsea’s clinical nature in front of goal was the difference at the Broadfield Stadium this afternoon, as the Blues ran out 4-0 winners in the FA Women’s Super League.

Albion held the London club for over an hour but were undone by four goals to lose the game, and although Powell was pleased with the commitment shown by her players, she highlighted the quality of Chelsea’s attacking threat.

She said, “They’re a team full of internationals who are experienced in the WSL for many years, so I think credit has to go to us for the first 65 minutes of the game.

“We not only competed, but we tried to play and stick to our game plan. What was the difference? They were clinical - at this level you have to score when you get the chances.

“I’m pleased and disappointed all in one breath I guess. I’m not sure the four goals were a fair reflection of the game, but I’m pleased with our approach after a very disappointing performance against West Ham.

“It was end-to-end in the first half, but then they scored the first goal and suddenly we felt the fatigue and lost concentration.

“We were in the game and creating chances, but to concede in the manner we did, from a set-piece, you suddenly feel knackered and I’ve experienced that as a player.

“We tried to get a goal back but I think their quality was just a little too much on the day.”



Powell handed Maya Le Tissier her league debut against the Blues, as the 17-year-old lined up in central midfield, and the Albion manager praised the youngster for her competent performance.

“I’ve got to say Maya was fantastic today, especially considering she’s 17. It was a big game and she showed herself today.

“That’s credit to us and it’s something that we’re looking to do, to promote the development squad players and give them an opportunity to play.

“She played against Palace and did well, and that’s why I put her in today. Wednesday [v Yeovil] gives us another opportunity to give players minutes.”


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