Greg de Carnys has hailed his team for ‘literally doubling’ their efforts in training this week ahead of their clash with Swindon Town Ladies at Rush Green on Sunday.
West Ham Ladies take on Swindon this weekend, who sit bottom of the Women’s Southern Division after six games.
The Ladies have been doing extra training sessions and De Carnys says the team’s high work ethic is a measure of their determination to enjoy a successful season.
“This week has seen us literally double our efforts,” De Carnys told whufc.com: “The Ladies have been coming in on their days off, they’ve come to do extra training all week, and I’ve seen a real determination in them to get a positive result on Sunday.”
The Hammers boss is confident his team will not be complacent and has said, despite Swindon Town Ladies being bottom of the league, victory on Sunday must be earned by the players.
The Ladies have been coming in on their days off, they’ve come to do extra training all week, and I’ve seen a real determination in them to get a positive result on Sunday
Greg de Carnys
“This is a game against a team that is in and around us in the league” he said.
“It’s important we focus on our own performance and don’t underestimate the task at hand and the threat they pose.
“We need to be focused, we need to be ready and we need to give the best performance we can to get the three points.”
West Ham have been without a host of top names for the last few games, including new signing Amber Stobbs, but De Carnys is hopeful he can welcome them back for this match.
“We’re looking like we’re going to have a few key players back, which is going to be very important to our team.
“The girls trained again on Saturday and we’ll make sure they are ready for Swindon.”
It has been announced in recent weeks that the FA have approved changes to the Women’s Super League that include the expansion of the league from ten to 14 teams.
West Ham Ladies have since expressed their strong intention to apply for a license to play in the new formatted league when it begins in the 2018/19 campaign.
De Carnys welcomes the expansion and has called on his players to use this opportunity as motivation have a successful season.
“The news is good news, undoubtedly, for ladies football” he explained: “They will have more time to devote to becoming better players and the professionalism will increase as a result.
“They’ve taken it as a positive and we can use the announcement as a motivator.”
West Ham United Ladies vs Swindon Town Ladies
Kick Off: 2pm, Sunday 8 October
Location: West Ham United Training Ground, Rush Green Road, RM7 0LU
Cost: Free for Season Ticket Holders or Claret Members, Adults: £2, U16s: Free