Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has spoken about her sides’ 2-0 away victory against title challengers Manchester United, who would have gone top of the WSL with a win over the Royals.
Reading became the first side to defeat Manchester United at home in over a year, with an exceptional performance capped off by two second-half goals within three minutes of each other from skipper Natasha Harding and Danielle Carter.
“The girls were fantastic and need to take all the credit,” Chambers said. “We needed to adjust a few things at half-time and they came out and did that, and we definitely deserved the win; they adapted so well.”
Reading’s performance wasn’t all that different to what has been seen on the field all season long. However, whereas in previous outings, frustrations have grown at a lack of goals – which has seen scorelines not necessarily reflecting the sides’ dominance on the pitch – against Manchester United, the Royals made those attacking chances count.
“We have said all season that we haven’t been ruthless enough in front of goal and my two strikers have a goal each on the scoresheet, so we’re very happy with that.”
On the heart of her side, who have bounced back from a disappointing draw against Aston Villa last time out, in a fixture they felt they certainly should have won, Chambers said, “The girls have been great. We have a very new side with lots of players coming in and going out compared to last year, so it takes a little while to work on various things and the way that we play. We sat down after the Villa game and analysed just what we needed to work on, and some of those situations arose against Manchester United; difficult, challenging situations on the pitch, but this time the girls embraced it and got the rewards. I knew we had a win like this in us.”
“I’ve taken so much out of the game, we all have,” Chambers summarised. “Over the course of the season we have shown glimpses of just how good we can be, and there have been games where we’ve probably deserved to win but haven’t and haven’t been taking our chances. But with the performance against United I feel we did everything right and the girls should take huge confidence from that and bounce straight into the game against Everton on Sunday.”
Reading FC Women are next in action on Sunday when Everton travel to Madejski Stadium for a 2pm kick-off.