Phillips: Our success is defined by our ability to respond

Albion miss out on three points but secure safety in WSL.

By Heather Miller • 21 May 2023

By Craig Galloway
Albion miss out on three points after narrow last minute winner

Melissa Phillips's side travelled north on Sunday to face Everton in their penultimate league fixture of the season, but a last-minute winner from Hannah Bennison deflated their hopes of picking up anything as we went down 2-1. 

Phillips said, "I think we're all going to come away from that performance disappointed, especially after creating some quality chances just before conceding - those are the margins. It's a disappointing error on our behalf but we have to be better at recognising that. 

"We responded to conceding in the first half, we scored to find the equaliser and made some adjustments. We sustained a lot of possession in the second half but we felt we had real control of the game, then unfortunately we let them back into it in a moment of lapse. 


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Melissa Phillips's Everton reaction

"There are a load of positives to take away from it and we felt that we prepared ourselves very well to come up and get a result, so we're disappointed.

"If you look at our last performance against Everton, we scored in transitional moments and that's something that we didn't do today and didn't manage as well. We said that our success is going to be defined by our ability to respond and that's exactly what we're going to have to do. This season isn't done yet, we still want to put in positive performances and we'll put that in against Leicester next weekend."

By Craig Galloway
Robinson finds first half equaliser

Albion secured their safety in the WSL next season following Tottenham and West Ham's victories over Reading and Leicester this weekend. Phillips praised her team in showing resilience to adapt during a difficult run of final games.

She added, "It's a massive credit to the girls because we really did shift and pick up a number of points after I came in. They allowed me to challenge them and to adapt a new style of play so late in the season.

"It's fantastic that we've been able to secure our safety with another game at the weekend. We'll go into that hoping to put on a show for the fans."