Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been giving her frank opinion on Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.
Reading went ahead after just 3 minutes through Angharad James and controlled the vast majority of the first-half, but were not able to score again despite constant attempts at the Villa goal. The home-side pulled level through a craftily worked free-kick on the 55th minute, before Rachel Rowe put the Royals back in front just two minutes later. The snow began falling in earnest and Chambers’ side looked to have everything sewn up and their first win of 2021 in the bag, until substitute Diana Silva poked home an equaliser for Villa on the 90th minute.
“I’m really disappointed,” Chambers said. “Disappointed in terms of not coming away from a game that we looked really, really comfortable in, with anything to show for it other than a point. I feel that we lost the game in front of goal. We had so many opportunities to put the game to bed and unfortunately I feel that’s what cost us dearly.”
Reading had twenty-four shots on the Villa goal with nine on target, but failed to make them count, which has become a familiar story this season as the Royals have struggled to capitalise on some outstanding performances.
“There were times in the second half where we were very comfortable, but we weren’t ruthless enough. We had two one-on-ones against the goalkeeper and made nothing out of it, so that side of it is very frustrating. The second-half shouldn’t have even come into contention if we’d have put the first-half to bed and I believe that is the one thing that really cost us.”
Reading were coming off a huge 1-1 draw and remarkable performance against title contenders Arsenal the week before, before the result against Villa halted the momentum.
Chambers continued, “I said to the girls after the game that we went from a huge high; taking points off Arsenal who are one of the best teams in the league – we did the same against Man City – to coming to Villa and not getting the win. We should have been taking three points in games like that if we can perform against Arsenal and City, and that was a huge frustration to the girls after the game.”
In summary, Chambers knows what the common factor is in the inconsistency of results this season. “Unfortunately, it has been the story of our season so far that we are just not good enough in front of goal and that is what has cost us games.”
Reading FC Women are next in action on Sunday February 7th when they travel to Leigh Sports Village to take on Manchester United for a 12.30pm kick-off, and all the action is live on the BBC Red Button service and the FA Player.