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Jay Sadler Delighted With Keynsham Victory

Sadler reflects on latest league win

8 September 2021

Pompey Women beat Keynsham 6-1 at Westleigh Park on Sunday, with five different goalscorers contributing to the tally.

Cherelle Khassal struck twice, while Hayley Bridge, Shannon Albuery, Tamsin de Bunsen and Emma Jones also found the target.

And Blues boss Jay Sadler expressed his delight with the win, highlighting the quality running through his squad.

He said: "It was a really promising performance in all areas. We started quickly and applied intensity to our play, both with and without the ball.

"To get off the mark within the first five minutes was very promising and it gave us a good foothold in the game.

"It was really disappointing, in that moment of dominance, to go and concede a sloppy goal – and I think that hit us a little bit.

"It took us a bit of time to react, but react we did. There was some really positive build-up play for Cherelle to get her second goal.

"To get off the mark within the first five minutes was very promising and it gave us a good foothold in the game."

Jay Sadler

“And then it was just about going through the gears and making sure we added some more conviction with our finishing, an area which we highlighted last week against Oxford.

“We progressed the ball really well, but didn't really create anything clear cut. Then we found openings through Cherelle, Hayley and Shannon, and their goals really gave us a good platform to build on after the break.

“I think that the conditions really tested both teams and the second half for us was all about utilising the ball and trying to maintain the high levels of tempo and intensity which, like I said, with the heat was very difficult.

“And the introduction of Bekah Tonks, Jazz Younger, Emma Jones and Tam de Bunsen gave us a little bit more in possession.

"We were able to try to penetrate through their back five. We knew we couldn't go through it, so it was all about creating chances in the wide areas.

“For Tam, it was great for her to round off her first appearance this season with a goal. It was nice to see her come back in after injury and score with a good finish.

“And then I’m really pleased for Emma as well, who got her first goal of the season and first goal for the club.

"Overall, it was a really good team performance. It showed the depth of our squad and the quality we've got within this team.”

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