Rehanne Skinner was overjoyed with the resilience her side showed to beat Bristol City and hopes it can be a platform to build upon.
To say this season has been disappointing for West Ham’s Womens would be an understatement. Heading into their relegation 6-pointer against Bristol City they had won just one WSL game all season.
Despite what it may seem, the Hammers have been unlucky to have such a low point tally but, either way, they have found themselves fighting relegation. How important 3 points was against a team that sat bottom of the league was not lost in Rehanne Skinner and she was ecstatic with her side’s performance.
“It was a hard-fought game. I thought the players stuck to the gameplan and gave everything, working incredibly hard for one-another,” Skinner told WHUFC.com. “We took the two goals superbly, to be fair. It’s just great for the team and staff, with all of the hard work that everyone has been putting in, to get the three points over the line is massive.”
“Credit to everyone, those that started the game and those that finished, everyone put in a real shift for each other, it was a real team performance.”
“We felt robbed of a point last weekend [against Spurs] based on the way that we played, and there’s been lots of situations where we haven’t quite got it over the line in games. A win has been coming, and I think that the belief and the trust in the process has been great from the team.”
“We had that belief today that we were going to get three points, and it just helps us to move forward to where we want to get to. We want to keep improving on our results, we don’t want to be in the position that we’re in. We’re taking things one step at a time and one game at a time. That’s all we can do and we’ll keep chipping away with the aim of climbing the table.”
Over recent weeks, their hard work has not turned into results. They have clearly improved as the season has progressed, and the three points against City is exactly what they needed to get their season back on track.
“At times, the results have made it a little bit deflating for the players,” she confessed. “but the confidence in what we’re doing, in the way that we’re playing has always been there.”
“We just made better decisions at key times in the game today, which helped us, and that’s a huge thing to take into next week. Moving forward, we obviously have lots of games left, and it’s our main focus now without the distractions of cup football.”