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🗨️ Chambers | “We have to have a big reaction”

Royals boss on Manchester United this Sunday

9 December 2020

Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been talking about the upcoming challenge of Manchester United who visit Madejski this Sunday, as well as bouncing back from a less than satisfying draw last time around against Bristol City.

Chambers’ side dominated the game last weekend with over thirty attempts on the Bristol City goal, but only managed to walk away with a single goal and point, despite putting on such an attacking display for the returning supporters in attendance.

“We have to have a big reaction after the Bristol game,” Chambers said. “We did the same after we lost to Birmingham; we played Man City, had a great performance and got the draw.”

Back in October, Reading had a similarly frustrating encounter with Birmingham which saw them dominate the play but end up on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline. The next week, however, the side bounced back with an impressive team performance and 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

“I look at the Bristol game and think, what else can we do?” Chambers said. “If we’re not creating the chances then there’s problems and we need to change things and approach things differently, but with the sheer amount of chances that we had, we need to be scoring more than one goal.”

Manchester United, who currently sit top of the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League table, are undefeated in the league this season, with six wins and two draws so far in the campaign.

“The Manchester United game is going to be a completely different game to Bristol, we’ll be looking at a completely different gameplay,” Chambers continued. “It’ll be a tough game, they’re a fantastic side and they have fantastic individuals. We aren’t going to get as many chances as we did against Bristol, so the ones we do get, were going to have to take and make count.

“We need to be ruthless at the back as well and stop them creating the amount of chances that they do. But I know these girls can step-up and do that. We’ve got our heads down this week, worked hard to make sure that we have the right gameplan.”

Reading FC Women take on Manchester United on Sunday at Madejski for a 12.30pm kick-off. Tickets are on General Sale and can be purchased here. The cut-off to receive your tickets in the post is Thursday at 3pm, after that time you will only be able to Print-at-Home.

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