Reading Women Manager Kelly Chambers before the start of the match Reading Women v Manchester United Women, WSL football match, Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, UK - 02 Feb 2020 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

‘Disappointing not to take all three points’ – Reading boss Chambers on Spurs stalemate

Reading boss Kelly Chambers rued her side’s missed chances after they recorded a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at The Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

In a game of few chances, Reading failed to take those which came their way, resulting in them having to ride out some late pressure from the visitors.

Despite failing to find a winning goal, The Royals boss Chambers found plenty positives at the other end of the pitch. In her post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Chambers said “The clean sheet for me was the most important thing today.

“Disappointing not to take all three points, especially in terms of the control we had for the majority of the game.

“But for me, it was important we bounced back from Monday, I was very disappointed with Monday.

“There’s no hiding. We haven’t been good enough in either box this season, so it’s a case of defending our box better and hopefully, we do better higher up as we keep building.

Continuing to discuss her side’s performance, Chambers was happy that Reading dealt with Spurs’ second half siege on their goal, believing that it was the perfect reaction to their 3-2 defeat to Bristol City on Monday night.

“I thought they worked hard today,” she added. “I was extremely disappointed with Monday and for me, it was a case of that’s what we need, we needed that resilience, that work rate, that desire, that hunger to make sure we come away with a clean sheet.

“We rode our luck, there were some fantastic saves from Grace Moloney.

“There were times in the game where we just need kill the game, kill that momentum.

“I’m taking the positives. We’ve got a clean sheet, we can build on that now.”

Reading youngster Emma Harries continued to impress after securing her first senior goal against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Chambers was full of praise for the 19-year-old’s work rate which created some of Reading’s most threatening chances in the game.

“She’s done well,” said Chambers.¬†“I know what I’m going to get from Emma (Harries), she’s been with us for a very long time and for her it’s about developing her to have a bigger impact in these (games).

“I know what she gives me off the ball in terms of work rate.

“She’s working hard now in possession to make sure she can create a few more clear-cut chances for herself.

“I know that’s going to take time but today, I went with that in terms of I needed work rate everywhere across the pitch to make sure first and foremost we try to keep a clean sheet.”

In terms of improving on their performance, The Royals boss now has two weeks before facing Manchester City to focus on finding the consistency that she desires. When asked by FAWSL Full-Time what aspects Reading will be looking to work on in their break, Chambers said¬†“We need to build on today now, keep pushing, making sure we’re still working on the defensive detail but also making sure we’re still working with intensity and we’re still working hard.

“It’s hard because we create chances week in, week out. Even looking back to Monday, we had so many chances to put the game to bed and I think that’s an area we just need to keep working on.”

Reading now have a break from Barclays FA Women’s Super League action to improve their performance and build on their clean sheet before they travel to The Academy Stadium to face title-chasing Manchester City in two weeks’ time.

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