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Carolina Morace: 'Our reaction was positive'

Breathless is the only way to describe London City Lionesses' comeback draw against Watford on Sunday [17 December].

The Pride conceded three early goals at Grosvenor Vale, but roared back with a trio of their own to claim a vital point in the Barclays Women's Championship.

After the match, head coach Carolina Morace spoke with reporters: this is every word she said.

Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)
Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)

Carolina, where to start after that match, what are your thoughts on the game? 

Clearly, the way we started the match was wrong and maybe we did not start with the right level of intensity against a team at the bottom of the ranking. I think that our reaction to falling behind was positive and shows that the personality of the players is there.

However, we need to use our strengths and skills better – we need to think about how we can progress.


With that in mind, what was your message to the team at half-time?

I said that we were better and that it would be a different game if we scored at the start of the half, we conceded three silly goals, and we needed to come back with something more. I am pleased that we showed in the second-half that we can do it.

Lucy Fitzgerald came in clutch with the injury-time equaliser, how do you rate her performance?


Lucy always guarantees a certain level of performance and is very important for us because she is effective in both phases and is determined when she doesn’t have the ball. She is talented with the ball and we saw today that she is also able to score in important moments for the team.

Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah is back from injury, you must be pleased that she made an impact this afternoon...


It’s very positive for us – Chantelle is one of our most dangerous attacking players, which is what I told her before the game. We’re happy to have her back on the field and available to play.

Is there anything or anyone else you would like to say?


I would also like to mention the first assist at the professional level for Grace [Jarrett], the young one. The Club celebrated her debut last week, today we celebrate her assist and the impact that she had on the field. Congratulations to her – because she did her job very well.

The Pride return to Princes Park on 14 January, hosting Moneyfields in the Adobe Women's FA Cup. Don't miss it.

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