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🗨️ Chambers | “First-half, we were in full control”

Royals boss on draw with Everton

15 February 2021

Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been speaking about her side’s 1-1 draw at Madejski against Everton and what her aspirations are for the rest of the season.

In a clichéd assessment, Sunday’s clash with Everton at Madejski really was a game of two halves, as the Royals dominated the first frame but were only able to net once courtesy of Rachel Rowe. Everton then went onto control the majority of the second-half, with a late goal from Nicoline Sorensen levelling the score.

“Everton turned it into a different game in the second-half,” Chambers said. “They played a lot longer and more direct, they threw a lot more bodies forward, which put us on the back-foot and made it hard for us to get into the sort of rhythm and flow we were in during the first-half. I thought that during the first forty-five minutes we were fully in control and should have been further ahead at the break.”

On Everton’s volume of attempts on the Reading goal in the second-half and the eventual goal that came courtesy of Sorensen, Chambers said, “Everton put the pressure on and flooded our box with crossed, but I think that the girls were outstanding trying to defend. It’s just a shame that we didn’t defend the one that inevitably drew Everton level, but at the end of the day we had enough chances to win the game and put it too far out of their reach.”

Reading and Everton sit on level points in the WSL table, however the Toffees boast two games in hand. On her hopes and aspirations for the remainder of the season, Chambers said, “We need to regroup and look at our goals and aims for the league and where we finish, but in terms of building the players and squad, that’s very important.

“We’ve had a big turnaround of players this season and a lot of them have had to learn a new style. Obviously, we’ve had injuries and illnesses and if you actually look at it, we have two of our top goalscorers of the last few seasons in Fara and Brooke, out of action for pretty much the whole season, which has been tough. So, we need to look at the positives, get back to full strength, keep working and push on from there.”

Reading FC Women are next in action following the international break, when they travel to Bristol City on March 7th in Women’s Super League action.

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