Powell: Youngsters impressed in cup win

Albion's head coach reflects on League Cup victory over Birmingham City.

13 October 2021

By Manjit Narotra
Hope Powell's team began their Conti Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City.

Hope Powell praised the younger players in her squad after Albion made a successful start to their Conti Cup campaign.

Megan Connolly scored her first goal of the season as Albion opened Group E with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

Katie Robinson, Rinsola Babajide, Maisie Symonds and Libby Bance all made an impression as Albion went into their 18-day break before the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal with a second successive win.

Powell said, “I thought Maisie Symonds did well in the no.10 role, she can see a pass and open up play. It was nice to see Libby Bance applying herself well and Katie Robinson, particularly in the first half, did some really good things. Rinsola got minutes in the tank as well so that was great for her.

“It was good to give the younger players that opportunity and overall I thought as a team we did okay and deserved to win.”

Albion had won 5-0 on their last visit to St Andrew’s in the WSL last month but Powell knew this game would be a lot closer.

“We knew they would be hard to break down but we kept possession well and it was good to get another different player on the scoresheet and for Megan to get 90 minutes in the tank.”