London City Lionesses defender Lois Joel joined The Guardian’s Women’s Football Weekly Podcast to discuss recent events at Princes Park, including that 2-0 win over title rivals Bristol City.
The 23-year-old played a crucial role in London City’s win over the Robins, locking down the left flank with a commanding defensive performance.
“We started the match really well and were happy with the chances that we created early on,” explained the former West Ham United full-back. “We just kept going and eventually the chances came. Atlanta [Primus] had a great game, finishing two of them.”
When asked if the showdown with Bristol City felt like a must-win situation, Joel responded: “We knew the pressures of the game and didn’t shy away from them. We knew that we had to win to keep the title race super open – but everyone believed and we showed that on the day.”
The North Finchley-born defender also reflected on the opportunities that come attached with life at the capital’s only independent professional women’s football club.
“All the decisions made [at the Club] are made with our best interests – as a women’s team – at heart, unlike at other clubs where you have to work within the men’s framework. It has its challenges, but I also think that it’s very exciting and it makes the players feel like we’re part of something different. We could create history if we win promotion.”
The Guardian’s Women’s Football Weekly Podcast is available on all platforms, click here to listen to their interview with Lois Joel.