Ladies coach has mixed emotions after Hammers draw

FIRST Team Coach Adrian Iglesias had mixed emotions after overseeing QPR Ladies’ second point of the season with a 1-1 draw against West Ham United at Honeycroft on Sunday.

The visitors opened the scoring seven minutes in when debutant Julie Melfald rounded R’s keeper Callie Neat to tap home. The Hammers didn’t lead for long, though, as Jenny Critchley headed home her second league goal of the season ten minutes later.

“It wasn’t the best of games to be totally honest,” Iglesias told www.qprlfc.co.uk. “Both teams had the chance to get a crucial win but neither could!

“I’m a little disappointed to not get a win against one of our rivals at the bottom but a point is better than nothing.”

Rangers currently remain rooted to the foot of the FA Women’s Premier League with two points, three behind West Ham albeit with a game in hand. Without manager Martino Chevannes, Iglesias adopted a new style with an overload of central midfield players.

“We increased the amount of bodies in the middle of the park to try and sure things up,” Iglesias explained.

“Recently, we have lost easy passes in the middle and I wanted to them to run and pressurise the opposition.”

The Ladies have also been short of goals this season with Critchley notching only Rangers’ third league goal this campaign.

Supporters were then surprised to see striker Alexandra Nord on the substitutes bench alongside last week’s cup goal scorer Mariko Engels.

Iglesias added: “We wanted to be more confident centrally and we realised that in the last 25 minutes we start to lose energy to attack and find vital goals.

“By having pace on the bench, the aim was to have impact players nearer the end of the game as ultimately we’re struggling to score this season.”

Rangers now turn their attentions to the Women’s FA Cup.

A trip to Cambridge United on Sunday awaits, where they hope to ignite a replication of last season’s FA Cup run which eventually ended in defeat to then FA Women’s Super League One side Bristol City.

“Hopefully it’s a welcome distraction from a tough league campaign so far,” Iglesias expressed.

“We’ll see it as a chance to relax and ultimately have some fun. I know the team went far last season but only Micaela (Lopes) was involved so all has changed!”

With a trip to lower league opposition, the Ladies will be fully focused on producing a victory for supporters who have stuck with the side so far.

Iglesias is hoping for a positive result which can kick-start their league season, adding: “The team will work on drills this week in training with a focus on fitness so we can perform until that final whistle and take our chances to turn fortunes around!”