Powell: That wasn't good enough

Head coach frustrated after Albion are beaten by Leicester.

By Bruce Talbot • 16 January 2022

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell's side slipped to a sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Hope Powell says her players need to take responsibility to turn their fortunes around after Albion suffered a sixth successive defeat.

A second-half goal by Shannon O’Brien earned Leicester City a 1-0 at the King Power Stadium which took them off the bottom of the WSL table.

Powell said, “I’m bitterly disappointed and I have told the players that. By our standards we weren’t good enough.

“Credit to Leicester who were full of fight and desire but we didn’t match that particularly in the first half.

“We were better after they scored but we didn’t keep the ball well enough and we came away with nothing.”

There were some positives for Albion with Emma Kullberg impressive on her full debut and substitutes Julia Zigiotti, who has making her first appearance, and Kayleigh Green making an impact when they came on.  

“Kayleigh gave us pace and something different up front and arguably should have scored but she did make an impact,” added Powell. “Julia looked lively and Emma played very well but overall we need a lot more as a squad.

“The players need to take responsibility. They are going to have pick themselves up. We prepare them the best we can, so they will have to show some character and do a lot better in the next game against Chelsea next Sunday.”