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🗨️ Chambers | “A clean-sheet was the most important thing”

Royals boss on pros and cons of Tottenham draw

16 March 2021

Reading FC Women Manager Kelly Chambers has been giving her thoughts on the positives of a point and a clean-sheet against Tottenham at Madejski on Sunday, and what she feels her side need to continue to work on.

The goalless clash with Tottenham on Sunday saw somewhat of a bounce-back for the Royals, who were coming off an incredibly disappointing loss to Bristol City which had seen their run of four games unbeaten snapped.

On Sunday, Reading controlled the first-half and portions of the second, but were unable to transfer the possession and pressure into goals. However, neither could the Tottenham, despite several chances at the very end of the match which saw Royals keeper Grace Moloney produce a pair of incredible saves.

“I’m happy,” said Chambers simply. “A clean-sheet was the most important thing from the match. Yes, I’m disappointed not to taka all three points, especially in terms of the control we had for what I see as the majority of the game. Tottenham had a spell for the last fifteen minutes or so of the game, but it was incredibly important that we bounced back from last Monday’s defeat against Bristol.”

“I thought the team worked hard against Tottenham. I was extremely disappointed with the Bristol result, so we needed that resilience that the girls showed, we needed that work rate, that desire, that hunger to ensure that – first and foremost – we came away with a clean-sheet.”

The result against Tottenham becomes Reading’s eighth draw in FA Barclays Women’s Super League action this season. Over the course of the campaign, stalemates against title challengers Manchester City and Arsenal were a lot easier to swallow than draws against newly promoted Aston Villa or the first clash with Bristol City back in December.

“There’s no hiding it; we haven’t been good enough in either box this season,” Chambers continued. “So, if I can make sure that we defend our box better, then hopefully we can produce more higher up too, and keep building from now. It’s all about keeping momentum going. We had a lot of it after our good run of games recently.

“We need to build on Sunday now, in terms of continuing to push, making sure that we keep working on the defensive detail that we had, but also making sure that we are working on our intensity. We create chances week-in-week-out, it was the same against Bristol; we had so many opportunities to put that game to bed – as we did against Tottenham – so we need to keep working and keep learning.”

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Reading FC Women are next in action on Saturday March 27th as they travel to the Academy Stadium to take on Manchester City for a 5.30pm kick-off, and you can watch all the action live on the BBC Red Button.


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