Matt Beard admits side couldn’t have defeated Manchester United

Matt Beard
ROMFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Matt Beard, manager of West Ham looks on during the FA WSL match between West Ham United Women and Bristol City Women at Rush Green on November 25, 2018 in Romford, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

West Ham coach Matt Beard says his team’s performance wouldn’t have given room for defeating Manchester United in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals.

Manchester United progressed into the last four of the competition having beaten West Ham United at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday.

“Over the course of the game, we didn’t deserve to win,” Beard told West Ham TV.  

“Manchester United deserved to go through. I felt that they were the better team tonight. They created the better chances and they were quicker to the second balls, and for me that is frustrating.

“We know we are struggling numbers-wise. We’ve been training with about 12 players for around three months. We had a three-week break and now we’re playing three games in seven days. We’ve lost Simic and Kiernan, and that’s not ideal for these big games.

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“None of that is an excuse though, because we didn’t really deserve it. They deserved it and we’ve got to take that on the chin.”

He continued: “I feel frustrated. I felt we did okay in the first half, but it was a frustrating first goal to concede because we worked on this in training after what happened against Arsenal.

“I think we grew into the game. We did better in the last 20 minutes of the first half, and had a great chance to equalise, although Siobhan Chamberlain has made a great save.

“The second goal changed the course of the game. I looked at the incident and I think it should be a free-kick on Kate Longhurst, but it’s gone against us. After that the game is gone, and for me that’s frustrating.”