The Lionesses are aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 6 games when they face Durham at Princes Park in Sunday’s 12 o’clock fixture.
The Lionesses haven’t conceded in five games and come into the Durham game full of confidence on the back of two wins against Charlton and Blackburn.
The visitors will be tough to beat. Durham currently sits 2nd in the table and are yet to be beaten in the Championship this season.
Speaking to Lionesses Head Coach Mel Phillips about the home sides form coming into the fixture, she said “Back-to-back wins feel great, I'm so pleased with the run of form that we’ve had. It's just experiences that we’ll draw upon as we continue to grow and instruct ourselves as a team but I’m incredibly proud of the group”.
After the win against Charlton, the Lionesses are now 5 games unbeaten and full of confidence. When questioned on how the team stays focused and doesn’t get carried away with their strong performances, Phillips said “It's all of our responsibility to pick each other up after a draw or loss but it's equally our responsibility to challenge each other to become better each day."
“The mood in the camp is the same as it was after a draw. The mood in the camp is similar regardless of the result because we focus on the performances at hand and what it looks like day in and day out in training. The mood in the camp is still hungry, the mood in the camp is let's see how high we can push”.
Towards the end of the January transfer window, the Lionesses signed 21-year-old Nina Wilson who is available for selection against Durham on Sunday. Discussing the Lionesses’ involvement in the transfer window, Phillips said “The most important thing is that we find the right fit from a character standpoint and somebody who complements the players."
“Nina's come in and seamlessly fitting in and added value to what we're doing on a day-to-day training basis but also from a team culture standpoint. Really excited to have her officially on board and look forward to challenging her to become her best in our environment”.
Speaking to Lionesses’ match-winner in the Charlton game, Kallie Balfour, on her performance levels so far this season, she said “I feel very fit, fresh, and just happy to be playing not at my best but I'm getting there”.
Talking about the mindset and mentality of the Lionesses this season, Balfour commented “We’ve got a very strong mentality. We pride ourselves on that. I think through sticking together and being hungry each week, we’ll keep on getting results."
“We want to keep pushing and win as many games as possible to climb higher and higher in the table. We know what we can do, it's just we need to showcase that and then keep on getting results”.
Looking at the Durham game on Sunday and what tests they will bring, Balfour said “We know that they are a very physical team and that they've been quite consistent in their results."
"We just need to take what we've been doing from previous games, keep our mentality and we’re on a high right now so we just need to focus on ourselves and do what we know we can do”.
This week’s game will be shown live on The FA Player https://faplayer.thefa.com/home/womens-championship
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We’ll bring you the build-up to Sunday's game at 12pm along with live match updates via the London City Lionesses Twitter feed.