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Melissa Phillips: Competition for places has pushed us along

Melissa Phillips, London City Lionesses
Melissa Phillips, London City Lionesses

London City head coach Melissa Phillips spoke about substitute impact after the Lionesses secured a comeback win over Birmingham City in the Continental Cup.

Phillips called upon Shanade Hopcroft, Jaime-Lee Napier, and Lois Heuchan to boost her starters from the bench, with each substitute playing an important role in Sarah Ewen’s decisive brace.

When asked about the strength and depth at her disposal, the American said: “We speak about that a lot in the season. We have such depth that no matter who starts or comes on as an impact player, we have versatility and goals from a lot of different areas.

“That was Sarah’s ninth of the season, but we have another nine players who have found the back of the net and have threats from everywhere in the lineup and off the bench. It’s really competitive for us in training, so I think that has really pushed us along [to positive results and performances]. That’s where we want to be.”

London City’s victory in the West Midlands was their final act before the winter break, with the squad signing off for the holidays in style.

“It was another brilliant team performance to finish 2022,” Phillips said of the win. “It’s a lovely way to close out an incredible first half of the season.”

The Lionesses have to wait until the new year for their next match, with the visit of Portsmouth in the third round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup inked onto the schedule for Sunday 8 January.


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