Powell: Let's keep building momentum

Head coach looks ahead to the start of a busy week for Albion Women.

By Bruce Talbot • 26 September 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Hope Powell's side have begun their new WSL campaign with two wins - against West Ham and Birmingham.

Hope Powell says her players are embracing the challenge of staying at the top of the WSL.

Albion are hoping to make it three wins out of three on Sunday when they entertain Aston Villa at the People's Pension Stadium (kick-off 2pm).

It’s the first of three games in six days with an FA Cup quarter-final at home to Charlton on Wednesday followed by next Saturday’s televised trip to champions Chelsea.


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Albion have made a perfect start to the WSL campaign, scoring seven goals without conceding in the wins over West Ham and Birmingham City.

Powell said, “It’s been nice to have two weeks when we've been top of the table. It would be nice if the season finished now and we were in the Champions League!

“We recognise that there are some tough challenges ahead, not least Sunday’s game, but I have to say there is a real buzz around the whole club at the moment, not just us, because of the start the men’s teams have made.

“For us we want that to continue. We have got six points on the board so the challenge is to keep building, keep that momentum going.”

Powell says her whole squad will be needed this week with such a short turnaround time between fixtures.

By Kyle Hemsley
The People's Pension Stadium will host supporters for Albion's women's team for the first time since December 2020.

“I feel we have got some more depth in the squad this season and it’s already shown. We made a couple of changes for Birmingham and scored five goals and there are still players who haven’t had many minutes in the first two games. They are going to get that opportunity this week for sure.”

Albion are hoping for a big crowd on Sunday as fans return to the People's Pension Stadium for the first time since last December.

“Crawley is our home from home now. I appreciate it’s a bit more difficult to get to than the Amex but we’ve always had good support there and hopefully they will be there in numbers on Sunday. We know it’s going to be a tough game against Villa, but we’re really looking forward to it.”