Manager Kelly Chambers gave her thoughts on yet another gutsy performance from Reading FC Women, who showed their strength of character for the second game in a row, by netting a 94th minute equaliser last Friday on a freezing night in Bristol.
Chambers’ side were down 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion as the 4th Official held up the board that indicated there would be 4 additional minutes of time at the end of the game at the People’s Pension Stadium. In a similar story to the week before when 10-Woman Reading were 2-0 down against West Ham and scored 3 late goals to win the game, the Royals refused to give up, and a goalmouth scramble was eventually turned into the net by Remi Allen in the 94th minute.
“It’s frustrating because we don’t want to be in those situations to begin with and our first-half performance just wasn’t good enough,” Chambers said in typically honest fashion. “Credit to the girls, they took on information at half-time and delivered and I think that if you look at the second 45 minutes, we should have scored a few more goals. We’re glad that we came away with a point, as much as we wanted to try and take all 3, but with the circumstances as they were, we’re happy.”
As has been the story of the season so far for Reading, they created chance-after-chance but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. They hit the bar twice and Fara Williams – who scored Reading’s opening goal in the 18th minute, directly from a corner – came agonisingly close with a free-kick.
“With the amount of chances that we did have in the second-half, we should be putting more away,” Chambers said. “We scored one goal with all those chances, we hit the crossbar twice and Megan Walsh made some fantastic saves, there was a few goalmouth scrambles as well. But we wanted to come away with something and credit to the girls, their performance in the second half made sure that we did.”
On the 94th minute winner from Remi Allen, that keeps Reading just 1 point behind Manchester United Women in the FA WSL, with a game-in-hand, Chambers said “There were so many bodies in the way, you couldn’t even see the ball. I’m just glad that we managed to finally put it in the net and come away with a point. The girls did it again.”
Chambers’ side are next in action on Sunday as they return to Adams Park for the first time since an October 13th win against Everton, to take on top of the league Arsenal.
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