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

‘I’m confident we can beat Villa’ says West Ham United boss Harder following defeat at Arsenal

Olli Harder is confident that his West Ham United side can go out and record a victory against Aston Villa on Sunday despite his side losing 2-0 at Arsenal this evening.

Goals from Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little saw Arsenal record three points as West Ham United dropped to 10th place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, two points above the drop zone with two league games remaining.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Harder commented “It’s an important game for us coming up at the weekend, one which we need to get a result.

“Tonight we showed great application and effort, seeing my girls chase them around the pitch for 90 minutes was fantastic. We just lacked a bit of quality in some moments, I think there were a few big moments in which we could have done better and which could have changed the game.

“We still have everything in our hands which is important and as long as we show the same resilience, fight and determination which we’ve shown now for several games on the bounce, then I’m confident we can go out there this weekend against Villa and get a result.”

Aston Villa sit one place below Harder’s side in 11th place and have drawn their previous three league games while in the last two games they have conceded late into injury time. Harder feels that Villa will use this frustration to come at his side which could make it an interesting game to watch.

He added “It’s a massive game for both clubs. They’ll be coming after us and we’ll be going after them.

“We saw it a week ago and it was hammer and tongs. Both teams will want to have a go at each other so it might not be the prettiest game of football but at this point in the season, it doesn’t matter.

“Regardless of whether we win, I’m confident we can stay up.”

Harder’s side have failed to hit the back of the net in their previous three league games, something which the West Ham United boss knows needs to improve ahead of this weekend’s crucial contest.

He added “As a coach, it’s my job to get them organised and get them motivated in terms of their application and put them into positions that allow them to score.

“I thought that they did all three of them tonight, it’s down to the individuals now to go out there and score.

“If you watched the Everton game, we created monster chances against them and we’ve done the same tonight. As a football coach, all I can do is to help them get into those positions, the rest is on the individual.”

West Ham United’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Aston Villa at Villa Park kicks-off at 12.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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