Ollie Harder (Manager, West Ham United) giving instructions ahead of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at The People’s Pension Stadium in Crawley - Image by Sports Press Photo

‘Good to get a result’ – West Ham United boss Harder on first win

West Ham United boss Olli Harder says that it was good to finally record his first league win in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a 5-0 victory over Reading.

After failing to score in their last three away games, West Ham United stunned Reading with an intense start which saw them record three goals inside 11 minutes on their way to a 5-0 win at The Madejski Stadium.

Speaking in his post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, West Ham United boss Harder couldn’t hide his delighted at recording his first win in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

“It was good to win,” said The Irons boss. “There’s a long road ahead for us, hopefully we can run the corner here and push on.

“It was good to get a result, there’s still a lot of work to do.”

The scoreline at half-time would have shocked many who witnessed Reading’s defiant display against Manchester City last weekend but Harder recognised The Royals’ uniquely narrow defensive style, revealing that The Irons had set out to target it’s weaknesses.

“Reading play a little bit different,” said Harder. “For us, it was about controlling the space in the middle of the pitch and trying to create one versus one situations out wide, offensively and defensively.

“That worked well for us today.”

A crucial player for The Irons against Reading was striker Martha Thomas who scored a sublime hat-trick to allow the East Londoners to return home with three points and their first league victory of 2021.

Speaking about her performance, Harder said “It was a fantastic performance from Martha Thomas. As a striker, it has been difficult for her in the last few matches not scoring.

“She’s created good chances for herself and today, she managed to put three in the back of the net.

“That’ll do her the world of good and we hope to ride that confidence moving forward.

The victory at The Madejski Stadium has lifted The Irons off the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and Harder wants to make sure his team build on the result and continue to maintain a gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

“Every time you pick up a win and you pick up a win in this manner, it’ll create confidence,” he said.

“This is a group that has belief and we’ve been on the end of a few results but I thought the performances have been relatively good in terms of what we’re trying to do.

“For me, this type of result and performance was coming, I’m glad it happened today and it’ll create confidence.”

Unfortunately for West Ham United they will have to now wait until after the international break to build upon their impressive 5-0 victory at The Madejski Stadium with Aston Villa being their next league opponents on 20 April.

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