West Ham centurion Kate Longhurst believes West Ham are on monitor to shut the hole with the league’s prime sides subsequent season.
Longhurst, 33, issued her optimistic evaluation after the Irons’ season closed with a 2-0 defeat at dwelling to Arsenal on the ultimate day of the Barclays FA WSL season—with Chelsea taking the title for the third yr working.
West Ham nonetheless recorded their highest ever BFA WSL end, sixth, a outcome which gave Longhurst one thing to stay up for come September.
“Most video games we’ve performed this season we’ve given groups a tough sport,” she defined. “With in all probability simply the exception of Manchester United final week.
“For 60 minutes I assumed we have been actually resolute at this time. Arsenal couldn’t break us down and that must be encouraging for us.
“We now have a number of pleasure on what we’ve achieved this season however this must be the benchmark going ahead.
“I do know we’ve acquired a prime half end and a file factors tally, however now we have to construct on that and attempt to compete with the groups above us. Everybody on the membership is working in direction of that.
“We’ve acquired high quality ranges in our group, however don’t have the consistency of the highest sides and are a bit bit away from that. On our day we may give anybody a sport.”
Arsenal, who completed second, have been pushing for a win that would have seen them end prime, however for lengthy intervals at a solar drenched Chigwell Building Stadium, West Ham pissed off their title-chasing opponents.
Though Beth Mead twice went shut within the first half, Hammers goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold wasn’t overly labored, whereas defender Hawa Cissoko produced a colossal show on the again.
As the sport approached the hour the hosts regarded an excellent guess for a clear sheet.
However the introduction of Stina Blackstenius turned the sport in Arsenal’s favour and inside six minutes they have been 2-0 up due to Steph Catley’s strike.
Longhurst stated that regardless of the defeat, there have been loads of positives for her teammates to take from their decided show.
“As soon as they acquired that first aim that made us a bit drained and fatigued,” added Longhurst, who performed her a hundredth match for the Hammers final month and was offered a framed shirt earlier than kick-off.
“It was an excellent little bit of play and was a tricky one to take. They (Arsenal) attempt to put on you down, that’s what they’re good at. However there have been actually a number of positives in our efficiency at this time that we must always take into subsequent season.
“We deal with each sport the identical in that we at all times have the identical quantity of respect for opponents attacking gamers. However we’ve been good defensively all season.
“We labored actually onerous on our form all week, however we do attempt to try this for each opponent. We have to know when to carry and when to press, and that comes from a number of communication all through the group.
“We’ve constructed some nice relationships over the season and it exhibits.”
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