Powell proud of Albion's achievement

Head coach reflects on a successful 12 months

By Bruce Talbot • 19 December 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell's team will be looking to finish 2021 in the top three of the WSL.

Hope Powell is proud of what her players have achieved this year.

The postponement of Sunday's game against Arsenal because of Covid-19 cases means Albion could be fourth in the table going into the Christmas break, depending on other results on Sunday.

“If you’d said at the beginning of the season that we would be fourth going into Christmas we would have taken that,” said Powell. “It shows our progress, but we have to recognise that the margins between us and the teams below us, and even the teams who are above us are quite small, with the exception of Arsenal and Chelsea.


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“There is a lot to play for. We have lost the last four games and the girls have been bitterly disappointed with recent results because they want to keep progressing and pushing up the table. We'll be looking to do that when we start again in January but the break has come at a good time for us. 

Albion had several absentees when they went out of the Conti Cup last Wednesday following a 3-0 defeat against West Ham but the positive was being able to give more playing time to younger members of the squad.

“It was an experience for the young players like Libby Bance, Katie Robinson, Maisie Symonds and Faith Nokuthula because coming up against tough opposition is a really steep learning curve. So is recovering from a defeat, and you only get that from being thrown in at the deep end. From a coach’s point of view, you see what they need to work on so they can push themselves forward to get into the team more often.

By Kyle Hemsley
Faith Nokuthula made her first professional start on Wednesday night.

“Our hand was forced a little on Wednesday, when we had quite a few inexperienced players in the team, but it was good for them and good for me to see them too.”

Powell revealed that the club is planning to add to the squad during the January transfer window. “We plan to do some business,” she added. “Every area is a possibility, we’re always looking at where we can strengthen and we’ll definitely have a couple of players coming in.”

Albion return to action when they entertain Manchester City on Sunday, 9 January.