West Ham Women: The pieces have finally started to fall into place and it’s exciting to watch

Two wins in February have lifted us away from danger and now they're looking for a strong finish

General view at the West Ham United v Manchester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th September, 2023.

After a few underwhelming months, everything is starting to look up for the West Ham Women. Since the start of February, we have played Bristol City, Arsenal and Everton. We have won two of them games and one of those wins came against second-place Arsenal. 

I believe the big reason for the change in form was the signings we brought in January. Since their arrivals, a lot of things have clicked, and we have been playing like more of a team. These new players include American star Kristie Mewis, Canadian Shelina Zardorsky and Australian Katrina Gorry. 

When they all came on in the second half against Spurs in late January, the way we played seemed more controlled and since they have started the points have been coming. Long may it continue. Suddenly, we are now five points clear of Bristol City who are sitting in the relegation zone. Since beating them away a few weeks back, it has given us some breathing space, before that game we were rock bottom. 

With only eight games left and the separation between us and the bottom growing, the likelihood of us going down now is very unlikely and the fact Rehanne Skinner has the players she wants, I can see us ending this season well and going into next season with a lot of promise. One of our players has got the recognition she deserves by being nominated for the WSL Player of the Month award for February. 

Honoka Hayashi scored the opening goal against Bristol City in the first half to help win us the match but also got the assist for Hawa Cissoko’s goal against Arsenal to win us that match too. In both of them games she also won player of the match. Even though Vivianne Asseyi didn’t get into the Player of the Month vote, I do believe she should have got an honourable mention. 

Our striker scored the winner against Bristol City in the second half when we were starting to get a bit shaky after just conceding, but also scored from the spot against the Gunners to kick-start our comeback. Our striker plays such a key part in how we play as she uses both her pace but also strength to keep hold of the ball until we have players near who can help her out. Without her we wouldn’t be able to create many attacks in a game.

Our remaining games in March are Liverpool away, Chelsea at home and Brighton and Hove Albion at home. In these three games and the form we are on, I believe we could gather four or five points at minimum. 

I think these points will come from a win at home to Brighton and a point at Liverpool and as much as I want us to get something against Chelsea, it will never be easy but you never know with this team we could even end up with three.

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