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Lois Joel on Sunderland draw: 'We'll improve from here'

London City Lionesses couldn't find a route to goal on the opening weekend of the season and were forced to settle for a point on the road versus Sunderland A.F.C.

Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: The FA/Getty Images)
Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: The FA/Getty Images)

Speaking to reporters after the game, newly-appointed captain Lois Joel revealed that the squad feels optimistic after earning a hotly-contested point in the North East.

After a hard-fought draw, tell us what you thought of the game...

It was definitely like a baptism of fire for us, with lots of new players signing this summer, so we're not going to be too hard on ourselves.

We know that we were a little bit lucky at times, but we saw some positive patterns of play and we're going to build on it.

Considering the conditions, it was a good performance...

We did what we could.

We like to play football on the grass and the conditions made it harder to do that at times, but that's part of football and both teams had to deal with it.

You made a lot of forward runs in the second-half, what did you make of your own performance?

I'm working in a few different roles at the moment and I'm just trying to implement what the gaffer wants.

At half-time, we spoke about trying to verticalize the game a bit more and trying to find the ball in-behind more often, which we did.

We'll take the draw and try to build on it and get better for next weekend.

It was a brilliant save from Grace Moloney that made sure you walked away with a point...

Grace was one of our major signings and we're glad to have her. We signed her with those big-moment saves in mind and she led from the back very well today.

All in all, is that a good foundation for you to start the season?

It's not our best start, but we can only get better from here. We're happy and we'll work hard to come back stronger next weekend.


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