Northeast: We thumped the Hammers – but could have done more

Sarah Kempson Picture: Mick Young
Sarah Kempson Picture: Mick Young

Pompey Ladies inflicted a 7-0 hammering on West Ham – but believed they should have done better.

Emma Sherwood bagged a hat-trick against her former club in Sunday’s Women’s Premier League southern division rout.

The striker was released by the Hammers earlier in the season but proved her point in magnificent goalscoring fashion.

Ini Umotong and Sarah Kempson each netted twice in a match which would see the Blues 6-0 up at half-time in the Privett Park fixture.

Yet, afterwards, boss Perry Northeast questioned whether the scoreline could have been even more emphatic.

He said: ‘We have performed at that level for a few weeks now.

‘But I don’t think anyone could have expected what happened and particularly in the first half.

‘We were clinical in front of goal and the players stuck to the plan.

‘It was bizarre, though, I will be brutally honest. I had a group of players come off the pitch at the end asking the question what more they could have done. And we could have done more!

‘It’s crazy, as a manager you get that sort of performance and still look at what you could have done better.

‘I had a squad of players that still came off and said to themselves “Do you know what, we still could have done more”.

‘It was just one of those days where it fell into place in the first half, second half not so much.

‘I think you could say we took our foot off the gas in the second half and that West Ham were also trying damage limitation and defended resolutely without committing players forward to make sure it wasn’t a complete hiding.

‘So it was tricky in the second half – but obviously still a very good result.’

Pompey didn’t net again after the 55th minute, nonetheless it was an emphatic victory and outstanding performance.

It puts the reigning champions fourth in the table, nine points off leaders Brighton.

As for Sherwood, her treble was particularly sweet.

Northeast added: ‘Emma desperately wanted to play to show what she could do against her former club.

‘But I think she will be the first to say – and it is important to recognise – she did get a hat-trick and did very well but it’s the whole team who helped.

‘For every one of her goals somebody had to be there to assist her for that goal.

‘Still, if she wasn’t fired up for this one then there is a problem!

‘You always want to play against your former club, perhaps that adds a little bit of fire and an extra little bit of celebration when she did hit the back of the net and showed her personality.

‘She would have the same desire to score in any game, though.’