Powell pleased with Albion's perseverance

Head coach reflects on 1-0 win over Leicester as Albion go third in the WSL.

By Bruce Talbot • 14 November 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell's team moved up to third in the Barclays FA Women's Super League with the win over Leicester.

Hope Powell praised her side's perseverance after a stoppage-time goal lifted them into third place in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.

Substitute Maisie Symonds struck with a brilliant free-kick to earn Albion a 1-0 win over Leicester City in front of 3566 fans at the Amex.

Powell said, “I have to give a lot of credit to Leicester. We knew they would be well organised and tough to break down but we kept going and got the goal in the end.”

Symonds scored her first goal for the club when she swept a free-kick from the left-hand side of the box into the top right-hand corner.

“She’s a confident kid, so when she was standing over the free kick with Inessa [Kaagman] I thought she was going to go for goal, she practices those sort of set-pieces a lot,” added Powell.

“It was a great goal to win it and it’s nice to be up in the top three but we know we can do better. After the goal we switched off and it needed Meg Walsh to make a top save to stop them from scoring.

By Kyle Hemsley
The midfielder showed her thanks to the 3,566 supporters after her goal.

“There will be things we can work on after we review the game but we’ll enjoy the three points.”

The attendance was Albion’s biggest at home in the WSL for two years and Powell was happy her team sent them home happy.

“It was a great occasion and we had brilliant support from the crowd, so it was nice to reward them,” added Powell, whose side are back in action on Wednesday when they play London City Lionesses at the People's Pension Stadium in the Conti Cup.