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West Ham Women boss Beard taking positives out of Chelsea defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 November 2018

West Ham United's Ria Percival (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

West Ham United's Ria Percival (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

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West Ham Women manager Matt Beard is taking the positives out of their narrow 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Rush Green Stadium.

Ramona Bachmann netted a brace in the second-half to seal the three points for the Blues and leave the Hammers with nothing despite a spirited effort.

“We’re disappointed we’ve lost, we don’t want to lose games, but we have to appreciate where we are as a club and where they are as a club,” the 40-year-old boss said.

“I felt at times today (Sunday) we created two good chances, we defended well, we were tough to break down.

“We can take a lot of positives from the performance and look they’re a very good team.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but we can take the positives.”

Despite going into the half-time break at 0-0, Beard felt they needed to make changes by pushing Kate Longhurst into defence, Janr Ross into midfield with Leanne Kiernan replacing Vyan Sampson.

“We was worried that they kept getting down our left side in the first-half, and that’s where their best chances come from, so we took V off and put Kate at centre-back but again that’s just the position we’re in at the minute with Brooke missing and Claire Rafferty.

“It was a gamble as Kate was doing well in midfield, as she brings tackles, is good in the air and good at patrolling that area for us.

“But it also gave us the opportunity to get good players on the ball in them positions as we had to put Rossy in midfield.

It was another big attendance for the Hammers and the manager praised the fans support despite a tricky start to the season for his side with injuries to Brooke Hendrix and Claire Rafferty.

“The fans have been brilliant since day one, obviously the awareness of the teams we’re playing and what we’re doing from the club has been fantastic.

“We’ve had a real tough start to the season as in the first seven games we’ve had Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool so we’ve played all the teams that finished in top four last year in our first seven matches.

“I feel we’ve give a good account of ourselves in those games but we’re just hurting from the injuries we’ve got.

“That’s a big issue for us but you could see what it meant to them by the way they celebrated especially the first goal because it was tough.

“We could have scored just before their goal so as I’ve said plenty of positives to take.”

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