Powell: We lacked that cutting edge

Albion's head coach reflects on Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Reading

By Bruce Talbot • 21 November 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell

Hope Powell admitted to a sense of frustration after Albion went down 2-0 to Reading in Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League game.

Goals at either end of the game from Natasha Dowie and Emma Harries won it for the Royals, although Albion stay third in the table after suffering their first defeat in their last four League games.

Powell said, “We had a lot of possession, particularly in the second half. We knocked on the door but we just lacked that clinical edge in the final third.

“We have probably played worse this season and got results, that’s the frustrating thing. It’s a game we should have got something out of but Reading made it very difficult for us. They got the early goal and defended their lead well, then got a second on the breakaway near the end."

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Albion are still averaging just under two points a game from eight matches as they go into a three-week break before their next match on 12 December at home to Manchester United.

“We’ve had a little blip in the last couple of games but overall we’ve made progress. But today showed again that in a lot of games in this league it’s those fine margins that can make the difference.

“A few of the players are suffering a bit from colds so it’s a good chance now for those who aren’t going on international duty to recharge the batteries before a very important game against Manchester United.”