Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell was pleased to get another win on the board in tonight’s FA Continental Tyres Cup victory over Crystal Palace, but highlighted the need to be more clinical in front of goal.
Albion recorded a 5-1 victory over the Eagles, but created numerous chances throughout the 90 minutes and Powell feels the win should’ve been more emphatic.
She said, “We should’ve scored more and I’m disappointed that we didn’t. To concede in the manner that we did is not pleasing, but it was good to give players that haven’t played too many minutes a chance to play.
“Abi Mason and Maya [Le Tissier] made their senior debuts and did very well. I am pleased with some aspects of the performance, but not with all, and we need to be a bit more ruthless.
“But credit goes to Palace, they kept at it, battled hard and made it difficult for us.”
Up next is a match against Chelsea at the Broadfield Stadium, and Powell stressed the need to stay resolute against the star-studded Blues.
“We know it’s going to be very tough and we’re under no illusions that they’ll have more of the ball, but recently we’ve been more disciplined in our performances and stuck to our task against the big teams.
“We have to be diligent and work as hard as we have done in previous games. Hopefully we can stifle their play and get something out of the game.”