Hope happy with second-half reaction

Head coach reflects on defeat to WSL leaders Arsenal.

By Bruce Talbot • 13 March 2022

By Kyle Hemsley
Hope Powell's team had won back-to-back WSL matches prior to the game against the Gunners.

Hope Powell took plenty of positives from Albion's second-half performance despite their 3-0 defeat to WSL leaders Arsenal.

The Gunners raced into a 3-0 lead at the break and it could have been more but for some fine saves by Megan Walsh, who was named captain because Victoria Williams was ruled out by concussion protocols. 

But Albion kept a clean sheet after the break and spent a lot more time in the Arsenal final third.

"Obviously I am disappointed with the result. I think Arsenal showed their quality in the first half and when we had the ball we needed to keep it better," she said.

By Kyle Hemsley
Maya Le Tissier makes a clearance.

"We perhaps could have done better with a couple of the goals but we regrouped at half-time and were much better after that, we got further up the pitch and put them under some pressure.

"We also got some youngsters on the pitch and they will learn from the experience, so all in all some positives for us."

Albion are seventh in the table and travel to West Ham in their next game on 27 March.