Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers is focused on looking forward to the upcoming Continental Cup clash with West Ham on Sunday at Madejski, despite last weekend’s frustrating encounter with Manchester United.
“We want to be in a cup final,” Chambers said, her full attention now back on the Continental Cup, where Reading currently sit top of Group D after two wins from two. “We want to continue competing at the top level whether it’s in the WSL or the Conti Cup and the players we have here can definitely do that, we’ve got a great squad. Yes, I’ve got four or five injuries at the minute, but that won’t stop us. It all starts again with West Ham this Sunday.”
On Sunday, Chambers’ side will host West Ham United Women in the second of four matches Reading FC Women will play at Madejski. This will be the first time the two sides meet since the FA Cup Semi-Final back in April of this year, when West Ham won 4-3 on penalties in an epic encounter at Adams Park.
West Ham sit on the same points as Reading in the Women’s Super League, but have played an additional game. In the Continental Cup group, however, West Ham have taken 1 point after two rounds of the competition compared to Reading’s 6.
Royals women had been on a great run of four wins out of five, including an away victory against Liverpool and a 4-0 hammering of Tottenham. But a certain amount of momentum was halted after last weekend’s trip to Leigh Sports Village when the team were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United Women in a game where the Royals saw the better of the action.
“We went there to make it ugly,” Chambers said. “I think, performance wise, we were on top of them and the disappointing thing is that we didn’t come away with a result, whether that’s a point, or whether it’s three points. It’s frustrating because I thought we were outstanding and if you watch the game over 90 minutes and particularly in the second half, you’ll see we were camped in their half. For us, we need to be more clinical in front of goal and if we’d have done that we would have walked away with the points.”
Chambers was honest in her critique of the team and their lack of answers in front of goal against Casey Stoney’s United side, but was quick to praise their overall performance.
“The girls went there, executed a game plan of what I wanted and that’s why it was a bit gutting not to walk away with anything. Like I said to the girls at the end, it’s alright performing well, but the game is about results and at this level the margins are getting smaller and smaller just because the league is getting better and better and more competitive, so when you get those opportunities you have to take them and have to be ruthless in front of goal.
“We keep working and we keep building. It’s a long season, we’re only 4 league games in, so it’s a case of keeping going and looking at the next challenge, which is West Ham this weekend at the Madejski.”
Reading FC Women v West Ham United Women | Sunday 3rd November | 2pm | Madejski Stadium
Season Ticket holders for the men’s team are reminded that they can attend Reading FC Women games for free by using their Season Ticket card on arrival at Madejski Stadium. Tickets are still available to purchase for Sunday’s match HERE.