Powell: We weren't at our best

Head coach reflects on 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in WSL.

By Bruce Talbot • 26 September 2021

Hope Powell

Head coach Hope Powell had no complaints after Albion suffered their first defeat of the season in the Barclays Women's Super League.

A 47th-minute goal by Emily Gielnik earned Aston Villa 1-0 win at the People's Pension Stadium in front of a 1140 crowd on an afternoon when the home side created few clear chances.

Powell said, "We weren't at our best and I have to say that I think Aston Villa deserved to win. They stifled our play and made it a bit of a scrap so credit to them. 

"We didn't move the ball as well as we have done in the last two games. We looked a bit unsure at times and didn't execute our game plan. 

By Kyle Hemsley
Katie Robinson looked lively when she came on in the second half.

"It became more difficult when they scored because they had something to defend. We had a never-say-die attitude, we kept going but it just wasn't to be. We will review the game now and work on the areas where we need to improve."

Powell gave Rinsola Babajide her debut in the first of three games in six days and says the whole squad will be utilized during the busy period coming up with Albion hosting Charlton Athletic on Wednesday in the Vitality FA Cup quarter-final before heading to Chelsea next Saturday.

Powell added, "We know Charlton is going to be tough. We also have a big game next Saturday against the champions so we are going to need everyone. It's all about recovery now and we go again on Wednesday."