Powell praise for resilient Albion

By Bruce Talbot • 04 April 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell watches on as Albion beat Manchester United

Hope Powell praised Albion’s resilience after they beat Manchester United to make it five wins from their last six games in the WSL.

Inessa Kaagman scored her seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot to earn Albion a 1-0 win that keeps them sixth in the table with three games to go.

Powell said, “We needed to bounce back because we lost our way last week [against Everton] and I thought we showed a lot of character and worked tremendously hard against a good side. We wanted a better performance and to come away with three points.

“We frustrated them and made it difficult for United, everyone played their part. Megan Walsh made a great save in the second half but we were very resilient especially when we didn’t have the ball. We kept possession a lot better and frustrated United.”

Albion had to reshuffle defensively with Danique Kerkdijk suspended and Victoria Williams forced off through injury in the second half, but they recorded a fourth clean sheet in five games and a first win over United.

“Emma Koivisto played on the right, Fliss Gibbons came into central defence and was excellent, it shows we have players who are adaptable.

“We’re young in terms of WSL experience, it’s been a case of striving to be better in a tough league but we have adapted pretty well and we need to keep building on performances like today.”