West Ham Women boss Harder up for the cup after Spurs disappointment

New West Ham United Women manager Olli Harder is pleased with the progress he’s seen in his team despite the loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Lucy Quinn’s first-half goal was the difference between the two London sides in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

West Ham were without Rachel Daly and Ruby Grant, who both returned to the USA following the conclusion of their short-term deals.

But they did have midfielder Emily van Egmond who signed a permanent deal having joined the Hammers on loan last summer.

The Australian international had several shots on goal but couldn’t convert and Harder acknowledged his side were ‘missing a bit of quality’.

“I am disappointed we didn’t get three points today, or get anything out of the game, but two weeks in, we’re pleased with a lot of the things we saw on the pitch,” Harder said.

“We’re up the pitch, chasing people around after 80 minutes, and that’s fantastic for me.

“We’re missing a bit of quality in the final third. Two or three moments in the game, if they go the other way, it’s a different result.”

The result leaves West Ham tenth in the table with an FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-final against Durham up next on Thursday.

And the Hammers boss believes a few tweaks are all that’s needed for his side to start getting results.

Harder added: “It’s nice to get the first game out the way, obviously not nice to lose, but now we can crack on with the rest of the season.

“There’s a lot of positives to take from it, without sounding too cliché. If we can perform like that, and tweak a few bits, we’ll get a few results in the future.

“We need a bit of restitution; we need to get ourselves organised. We’re only going to have one session before Durham, but if we can do something similar to what we did today, we can expect a result.”

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