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West Ham women’s manager Beard is hoping home advantage can help against Liverpool

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2018

Manchester CIty's Georgia Stanway (left) and West Ham United's Gilly Flaherty battle for the ball (Pic: Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester CIty's Georgia Stanway (left) and West Ham United's Gilly Flaherty battle for the ball (Pic: Martin Rickett/PA)

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West Ham United women’s manager Matt Beard is hoping home advantage can play a part as they look to bounce back from heavy Manchester City defeat against Liverpool this weekend.

West Ham United's Jane Ross (left) and Manchester City's Steph Houghton battle for the ball (Pic: Mark Rickett/PA)West Ham United's Jane Ross (left) and Manchester City's Steph Houghton battle for the ball (Pic: Mark Rickett/PA)

The Hammers will host Liverpool at the Rush Green Stadium on Sunday (3pm) as they look to pick up their second victory of the Women’s Super League season.

“They’ve had a couple of good results, beating Brighton and Yeovil, so they’re going to come here off the back of a late goal and a good win,” Beard said.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but at home we’re good so it’s a game I’m expecting us to do well.

“We’ve already said we need to pick up as many points as possible at home and nothing has changed with that going into this weekend.”

Beard, who used to manage at Liverpool, is hoping their regular training sessions at the stadium will help them against his former club.

“We train on that pitch most days, so we’ve got the advantage of knowing the pitch and the surroundings,” he added.

“We’ve got to utilise that to our advantage and make sure we walk away with the three points.”

The boss feels the heavy 7-1 defeat to defending champions City was a learning curve for his young side, adding: “Uncharacteristic is probably the best word to describe it.

“We had too many players having off days and you’re up against a top team, so if you gift them opportunities like we did, then you’re going to get punished.

“Unfortunately it was a big lesson learnt for us and a massive learning curve for some of our younger players, and obviously the players that are new to this league.

“We started the game poorly for whatever reason and when you’re 3-0 down at Manchester City with 15 minutes gone then you’re in a bit of trouble.

“Statistically we did okay. We had 44 per cent over the course of the game, 10 shots compared to their 14.

“We competed for periods of the game but the issue was that we gifted them opportunities which we got punished for and that’s what happens against the top teams at this level.”

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