Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been speaking about her side’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.
The Royals went ahead after 12 minutes through a Brooke Chaplen header, before Ashleigh Neville nodded in an equalised for the home-side. Reading pushed for the win throughout the rest of the match, but were unable to get on the scoresheet again before the final whistle.
“The game was intense, and so was the whole week, to be honest,” Chambers said. “We had West Ham midweek and then we went again against Tottenham. I feel that we turned the game into a transitional last twenty-minutes when I don’t think we needed to, which made us stretch and have to physically work harder, so I feel that’s where the game became intense.”
The result sees the Royals unmoved in sixth position in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League, whereas a win would have put Reading on level points with Manchester City in fifth. “There is some disappointment, I like to think that we could go there and get three points and I truly think we had the better chances overall across the ninety-minutes to win the game, and I think that’s the story of our season so far. We have enough chances to win games and we’re not putting them away, and that is costing us.”
“There were some very good individual performances against Tottenham, and overall the whole team performance was positive. But, for us, we have to be better in-and-around the penalty area and we have to start finding the back of the net, because that’s how games are won and that’s why there is pressure on strikers to do that. It’s frustrating because we conceded a silly corner and we should have been better prepared for second balls. But ultimately, we feel that we should have walked away with the win.”
Speaking on injuries in the squad, which has seen Fara Williams out for several weeks, Brooke Chaplen just returning to the starting line-up and Deanna Cooper leaving the field after just fifteen minutes against Tottenham, Chambers explained, “It’s not even so much injuries, it’s been illnesses with Fara and with Brooke. Brooke is only just finding her feet again, and Rachel Rowe has had another illness, so that’s been the hardest part for us, really. I’m not too sure about Deanna’s injury, I think it’s hamstring, hopefully it’s neural more than muscular. It was frustrating, but Kristine came in and played very well, which was nice to see.
“The girls have dug deep. If you look at Dan Carter who hasn’t played for two-and-a-half years and Jess just coming back from her ACL injury, across the board it’s been a bit up and down as far as match fitness goes, but when it comes down to it, we really should have got the win with the golden chances we had.”
Reading FC Women are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Everton for a 4.30pm kick-off as part of Women’s Football Weekend, where all fixtures in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League are staggered, so each one can be watched in its entirety by fans.