West Ham need to be more clinical says boss Harder after Birmingham draw

West Ham United's Adrina Leon (left) and Birmingham City's Harriet Scott battle for the ball during

West Ham United's Adrina Leon (left) and Birmingham City's Harriet Scott battle for the ball during the FA Women's Super League match at Chigwell Construction Stadium - Credit: PA

West Ham United Women’s manager Olli Harder was disappointed that his side couldn’t pick up all three points against Birmingham City on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers took an lead early in the second half through a fantastic strike from Claudia Walker, before Louise Quinn headed home from a corner to bring the game level at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Harder was frustrated with only picking up a point at the full-time whistle.

“We needed to be more clinical in the final third,” Harder began.

“Giving up a goal on a set piece is always very disappointing – I’m not happy with the result - parts of the performance I was pleased with, but we need to be a bit sharper and more consistent.

Birmingham City's Rebecca Holloway and West Ham United's Claudia Walker during the FA Women's Super

Birmingham City's Rebecca Holloway and West Ham United's Claudia Walker - Credit: PA


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“They were physical, well organised and made it difficult to play. They deserve some credit because we weren’t good enough to break them down enough to win the game. We need to work harder to turn that one point into three.

“I thought our analysts and coaching staff did a great job of getting us prepared for this game, but we just couldn’t do enough to win it in the end.”

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Frustration evident at the full-time whistle, Harder did reserve praise for Claudia Walker who finished excellently after dribbling from the half-way line: “It was a great finish from Claudia, but we had a lot of support runners coming in as well.

"The option to shoot was there, the option to pass was there, she took the shot and scored."

Brilliant strike aside, Harder was disappointed that his team didn’t go on and add to their lead.  

"It was an important goal but what’s disappointing is the 10 minutes after that, because we really had the game in our hands, and we didn’t control the game in the period after the goal," he said.

Acknowledging that his charges "didn't do enough to win the game", Harder said: “Bottom line is we had great mentality and great attitude, but we lack the application - if you don’t have the application, then you don’t deserve to win."

Applauding the team's positive attitude, the manager lamented a lack of clinical edge: “From a coaching standpoint that’s excellent and I appreciate that because it’s something we have tried to shape into the players.

"But you have to execute that if you want to win games and we didn’t execute when we had the opportunity.” 

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