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Melissa Phillips on Portsmouth, match freshness & partnership

Melissa Phillips, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)
Melissa Phillips, London City Lionesses (Image: thoughtsofawing)

London City head coach Melissa Phillips spoke about the importance of match freshness, substitute impact, and the club's new partnership with after the Lionesses overcame Portsmouth in round three of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

“It’s a result in our favour and we advance to the next round, so we’re pleased with that at the end of the day,” said the American. “They were difficult conditions to play in, and we knew it would be because we trained in similar weather yesterday.”

Phillips used all five substitutions slots at her disposal versus Portsmouth, issuing a rare quadruple swap at half-time before introducing Rianna Jarret later in the match.

“It’s obviously been a few weeks since we played, so it really was an opportunity for us to get up to speed and make sure that we established a little bit of form going into our league matches,” she explained.

“Everyone who came on in the second half was brilliant. They really settled the match and started to play around pressure: they were fantastic. We looked a little bit frustrated in the first half, but those who came on really impacted the game.”

Phillips also hailed the club's partnership with, the world-leading retail space for women’s football.

“The Foudys partnership is fantastic because we have a lot of fans who have wanted to buy our kit,” the San Francisco-born tactician explained. "We have brilliant home and away kits thanks to Capelli Sport – and the more exposure we have, the better it is. It all links to the growth of the women’s game: it’s really positive news.”

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