John Salomon: Watford Ladies 'on the map' after record home crowd

Watford Ladies fans
Sections of the crowd at Vicarage Road on Sunday continued singing for the entire game

Watford Ladies boss John Salomon says his side are "on the map" after a new club-record home crowd of 1,102 turned out to watch their home game on Sunday.

Salomon's side lost 4-1 to Aston Villa but, speaking to BBC London 94.9 after the game, he called it a positive day.

"We set a target of 1,000 and did a lot of work to try to promote the game as much as possible," said Salomon.

"The big picture is more important than the game. We've been gradually building up to this for three or four seasons."

The attendance at Vicarage Road far exceeded the club's previous home record crowd of 340.

Just 75 short of the league record
The record attendance for a WSL 2 fixture was set at the Hetton Centre last season, when Sunderland hosted Doncaster Rovers Belles in front of a crowd of 1,177.

"It was a big occasion for us, to promote women's football and put it on the map in Hertfordshire," added Salomon.

"We're really grateful to the football club for allowing us to play the fixture here.

"It's a really, really positive day for us, to attract so many people. The crowd never stopped singing.

"I think the players adapted to the experience as they went along."

Sunday's result left Watford bottom of the WSL 2 table on goal difference after two defeats in their first two league games of 2015.

Vicarage Road
Watford Ladies were playing their first ever match at Vicarage Road

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