West Ham Manager Matt Beard Reading Women v West Ham United Women SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Adams Park Stadium, Wycombe, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Paul Gregory for The FA

Beard rues missed chances as West Ham United fire a blank against Spurs

West Ham United manager Matt Beard has admitted that he was disappointed to see his side miss some quality chances as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium this afternoon.

Kate Longhurst had a great chance to score in the first half but instead opted to pass the ball while Adriana Leon and half-time substitute Martha Thomas wasted glorious opportunities to find the back of the net in the second half as The Hammers crashed to defeat in-front of a club-record 24,790 crowd in Stratford.

West Ham United have netted just two goals in four games so far this season and manager Beard has admitted that it is a concern.

“I’m really disappointed with the result” Beard told FA Women’s Super League Full-Time magazine after the match.

“First half, the nerves must have got the better of us because we didn’t perform well. We were slow with our movement and got punished by conceding a poor goal.

“Second half, we were excellent but we have got to start converting these chances, it has been the story of our season so far and even in pre-season where we are creating these chances.

“We are looking at three or four big chances today and we haven’t taken them and we have been punished with the second phase of a set play which is a bit disappointing.

With The Hammers having not been clinical in-front of goal so far this season, manager Beard believes that his side need to find their shooting boots sooner rather than later.

“It is just decision making” said the West Ham United boss. “The one which comes across, Martha should get it. She had to jump higher to volley it than head it then there were a couple of chances where we’ve shot when we should’ve passed.

“I can’t keep saying it. It’s great that we are creating the chances but we have to start putting them in the back of the net.

“We hit the woodwork three times against Arsenal and then same again last week against Chelsea, we’ve created a lot of chances and not converted them. We are getting punished against the top teams.”

West Ham United will hope to return to winning ways when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion after the international break.

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