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“Someway, somehow we are still in the fight” says Chambers ahead of deciding finale

Reading boss Kelly Chambers reflects on the season as the WSL's final weekend looms



25 May 2023

Saturday will see the end of another WSL season with this one set to have a thrilling climax and most notably at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. The task for Reading is simple, the Royal’s need a victory to stay in the WSL and hope Leicester lose their game. There is. Just one issue however, Reading’s opponents, are Chelsea who are one win away from the title, two points above Manchester United. This sets up a thrilling final day clash at the Select Car Leasing Stadium and boss Kelly Chambers says her side are still in it. 

“I’ve said it to the girls a fair few times recently to be honest, we’re still in it, somehow and in some way we are still in it and we’ve got one game to go so we’re all in it together.

"We have to believe it’s going to happen, if you don’t there’s no point stepping out there on Saturday. We have to leave everything out there. If on the day we are beaten by the better team I can accept that, but what I can’t accept is not giving our all on Saturday.”

With relegation a real possibility for the Royals, having been in the WSL since 2014 and Chambers herself having spent 21 years at the club as a player, Director of Women’s and Girls Football and since 2015, the manager of the side.

Chambers insists the sadness might not be easy to keep in. “Yeah, it’ll be a sad and upsetting day. I’ve been at the club for 21 years and I’m quite an emotional person as it is, so let’s hope that doesn’t come out too much on Saturday. I’ve built the Women’s side up to where it is and there’s no hiding away from the fact that it will be a sad day for me and for every body connected with the club.”

If Reading do fall short, it is not lost on the manager either that the clubs current financial situation could well be the reason we see them drop of of the top division of Women’s Football in England, “Yeah, the bottom line is that and there is no hiding from it. You can look at other teams in and around us and what their player budget is and what else they were given in January.

"We simply just don’t have that and people have said that year on year we perform miracles here to stay in the league for as long as we have."

The Royals survival hopes took a massive hit last weekend as they were soundly beaten by a Beth England inspired Spurs 4-1, with Chambers however seeming a positive from the game, the return of Deanne Rose from injury, “She gives us a completely different dimension to the squad that we haven’t had all season.

Everybody would agree that what we saw against Spurs is what we’ve missed this season so we are super grateful to have her back, however we do have to look after her as a player returning from a long term injury,” 

Whatever happens on Saturday, Reading will now that they have given everything to their survival bid on the final day. 


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