Women's Head Coach: Reay on Palace trip

Mel Reay has previewed Sunday’s return to Barclays Women’s Championship action for our Women’s side, as we seek a first win of the campaign against Crystal Palace at Hayes Lane.


The Lasses have been edged out in several games in recent weeks, but remain confident following last week’s internationals.


“Firstly, we’re looking forward to getting back into league action,” Reay said.


“The season is always stop-start with the international breaks which can be frustrating, but we’ve managed the break by playing a friendly which has helped keep some momentum for us.


“We’re looking forward to the next run of games to try and build some more points and move up the table.”


The Women’s Head Coach has acknowledged the difficult start as the Lasses sit with one league point so far, but also referred to the balance in most of the games in recent weeks.


“It’s been a tough start, but we’ve been relatively pleased with the improved performances as it’s gone on. The performances have often been there, but we just need to work that bit harder to get results over the line.


“A lot of the games previously have seen us have a real chance to take something from them.


“I certainly wouldn’t say there’s a lack of confidence – as soon as we get that first win under our belts the better, because the girls are certainly working hard. We can’t fault their application or effort.”


Reay praised the threat which the South London hosts carry, and noted that the Lasses are also progressing in a positive direction following the appointment of Jonathan Craig as goalkeeping coach on a full-time basis.


“Palace are a bit of a reformed team – they’ve gone full-time, recruited a lot of new players and started well. We went to Selhurst Park to play them last year and got a point.


“We’re not fearful of anyone, but it’s important to be wary of their strengths and we’ll devise a gameplan to go and get something from the game.


“But we’re moving forward too. We’ve got Jono on board as goalkeeping coach, and we’re delighted to have him in post with the experience he has. He’s a real added asset, and an indication we’re moving forward as a side.”

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