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Michelle Irons has reacted after West Ham Women were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Sunday (12 December) at Walton Hall Park, insisting it was a fair result.

Zaneta Wyne put the visitors into the lead five minutes before the break, but Toni Duggan drew the Blues level with 14 minutes left on the clock.

Olli Harder’s side were second best in every department as revealed by the stats, but they held their own at the back until a lapse in concentration allowed Everton to equalise.

Michelle Irons – who had predicted a score draw ahead of the game – was pleased to see some of the improvements from the Ironesses, claiming they could have easily lost the game last season (2020-21).

She told West Ham Zone: “This game was very matched between the two sides as each team have similar qualities.

“I was pleased to see Abbey-Leigh Stringer and Brynjarsdottir Dagny play together. I feel this really encourages Yui Hasegawa to create attacks and it brings in Tameka Yallop and Katerina Svitkova.

“For this to happen means that Kate Longhurst drops to the bench and personally, I think it’s a good decision as this may allow her to prepare for the next game.

“During the first half, I felt we had the better chances, notably Yallop and Dagny going close. Once again, these chances need to be put away if we are going to collect healthy points.

“Our chance to break the deadlock came after a great work by Svitkova, which resulted in a well-timed tap in by Zaneta Wyne and she looked as shocked as anyone to see the ball come to her feet so perfectly.

“It’s great to see our midfielders scoring.

“The second half tailed a bit, and, unfortunately, we showed some of our usual characteristics of allowing teams to put us under pressure whilst not having the ball.

“I’ve pointed this out before, but we are vulnerable late into games and are likely to concede, which we did.

“Having said that, we have made such a lot of progress this season and more than likely would have lost this game last season.

“As a fan, I love to see this progress, and I feel we play free-flowing attacking football with all of our midfielders able to get forward and threaten teams.

“Overall, this was a fair result against a well-established Everton side.”

West Ham host Brighton in the FA Women’s League Cup on Wednesday (15 December) before travelling to meet second-placed Chelsea on Sunday (19 December), and securing victories in both games would be huge.

They are a better team than last season, and the vast improvement is good to see.

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