Reading will be wanting to build on their defiant display against Manchester City when they face West Ham United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Saturday afternoon.
Last weekend, The Royals fell agonisingly short of what would’ve been a well-earned draw against title-chasing Manchester City with an 87th-minute winner from Chloe Kelly leaving them pointless.
Previewing her side’s latest fixture via Reading’s official media channels, manager Kelly Chambers says that she is hoping that The Royals carry the same resilience from their loss at City into their game against West Ham Untied, although she recognises that they need to improve going forward and with finishing chances. This is a quality that Reading have lacked in their home fixtures, having failed to win in Berkshire since their victory against Aston Villa in September. Whilst searching for their first home win of 2021, Reading will be saying their final farewells to midfielder Jess Fishlock against West Ham United as she returns to her parent side OL Reign.
Aside from long term absentees Lauren Bruton and Brooke Chaplen, Chambers hasn’t signified any new injury concerns for her side.
Since the turn of the year, West Ham United have failed to record a win in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, losing their last three away games without scoring and falling to the bottom of the table. During their 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, Laura Vetterlein received a red card for a second bookable offence and she will miss The Irons’ trip to The Madejski Stadium. Mackenzie Arnold, Lois Joel and Adriana Leon remain sidelined while Leanne Kiernan is edging back to fitness.
Reading’s fixture against West Ham United is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Saturday afternoon and will be broadcast live on the FA Player.