Paul Konchesky was left disappointed that West Ham United Women shipped five goals as they were beaten by Brighton & Hove Albion at Chigwell Construction Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Irons were beaten 4-5 by the Seagulls in an entertaining, yet ultimately frustrating match in east London, which saw the Irons take the lead after only three minutes in – Lisa Evans floated a ball into the area which deceived Brighton goalkeeper, Megan Walsh.
But the away side responded instantly, with Danielle Carter seizing on a mistake at the back from Sophie Hillyerd to fire the ball into an empty net. Veatriki Sarri then put the Seagulls ahead, prodding home from close range to give them a 3-1 lead at half-time.
In the second half, Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored her seventh goal of the season to bridge the gap, but goals from Elisabeth Terland and Jorja Fox put the away side further in front.
Viviane Asseyi led the Hammers comeback as time ticked down with two late goals in the space of three minutes, but Brighton would hang on to take all three points.
It could have been so different for the Irons, but Brighton, under the management of interim boss Amy Merricks after the departure of Hope Powell were ruthless with their finishing – punishing the Hammers from the individual errors that were their undoing.
We’re disappointed with the manner in which we lost the game.
For me, it’s unacceptable to be conceding five goals at home. We need to make sure that we’re better defensively in the matches that we’ve got coming up.
We did well and showed a lot of spirit to try and get back into the game, but ultimately, we come away with nothing from this game, which is frustrating.
I thought Brighton were ruthless with their finishing
They took the chances that they were able to create and made it difficult for us. It’s always going to be difficult to get back into the game when you’ve got to score three to even get a point, let alone win the game.
If you get something from a game that you’re that far behind then you give yourself a pat on the back, but like I said, it’s unacceptable to concede five goals in a match, you can’t expect to win any game when you concede five goals.
I’m really pleased for Vivi and Dagny
It’s obviously nice for Dagny to be able to continue with her streak, it keeps the confidence building for her. She’s had a really good start to the season and we’re pleased for her.
We’re also really pleased for Vivi as well, she works incredibly hard for the team and she deserved her goal today.
The international break has come at the wrong time for us.
It’s never nice not to be able to go into the break with a win. We just want everyone to go away and do well for their countries and then come back fit and healthy, ready to give it all against Leicester City.
The girls that are staying behind will be working really hard to make sure that we’re ready for a tough game here on the 20 November.