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18 November 2018

Geoff Penn
Hope Powell.

Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell admitted her disappointment after today’s 4-1 defeat to Reading in the FA Women’s Super League, but couldn’t fault the application of her players at the Broadfield Stadium.

The Seagulls were unable to build on their victory over Yeovil Town last time out, as the Royals claimed all three points, and Powell believes the game provides another opportunity to learn.

She said, “Credit to Reading, they’re a good side with good movement and we couldn’t quite contain them, which obviously led to the opportunities they had.

“There were two or three goalkeeping errors, so we’re a little bit disappointed with that, but we fought back in the second half and the spirit was there to keep going until the end.

“I’m disappointed with the result but really pleased with the attitude shown by the players, as they worked really hard. There are lots of lessons to learn from today.”

Powell felt Reading’s fortuitous opening goal changed the complexion of the game, but insists there are positives to take from the match, as Albion continued to fight until the final whistle.

“Every game we play we learn something new. The players are always learning about themselves and what the expectations are.

“Even though we lost 4-1, I thought we did well at times. We’ve got to hold on to the positives, build on those and also learn from the negatives.

“We tried to implement the things we’ve been working on in training, and I think we did that at times. But their first goal gave them momentum and put us under pressure for the rest of the match.”

The Seagulls travel to league leaders Arsenal next weekend, and Powell assessed the difficult challenge ahead and urged the team to make the most of their experiences.

“All games for us are tough, but we knew that when coming into this league. Next week against Arsenal will be a big challenge for us, as they’re absolutely flying.

“We’re going to have to be on our game, we know that. The top three — Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal — are probably in a different league to us, even though we’re in the same league.

“It’s another experience for us if we want to emulate those teams at the top. We’ve got to be able to try and play against them and experience what that’s like. It’s a test that we’re relishing.”

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