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Paige Culver: 'It's a big game, but we have to focus on ourselves'

London City Lionesses' comeback win over Reading has sparked new confidence within the squad, says defender Paige Culver.

The Canadian, speaking after training on Tuesday [12 March], answered questions on the arrival of Remi Allen, changes on the training ground, and Sunday's clash with league-leading Sunderland.

Here is every word she said.

Paige Culver, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)
Paige Culver, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)

It's been a while since we last spoke, how has training been under the new coach?

It's been great, she brings a lot of intensity, and she has a lot of experience as a player, which is definitely helpful. She understands both aspects of [balancing] intense training with the tactical side, it's been really good.

What's been the biggest change?

I think it's the intensity, just elevating the squad, bringing in new attitudes and keeping things positive. I think that's going to carry us into the next games and hopefully [to our goals] through the end of the season.

Before we look ahead to the rest of the season, let's talk about that Reading win. For you, how was it to play in a new system?

It was good, I think we have the players to do it, which is important because it's a tough system and it's never going to work if you don't have the right people. We have girls who like to work hard and learn, so I think it'll be good for us.

Going forward, does the result and performance give the team more confidence?

Yeah, I think we really needed it [because] it stirs some life back into the group. That's really helpful and you can definitely see it in training because taking those three points is going to give us momentum for the rest of the season.

And fun for you, personally, to get an assist...

Can't complain about that, plus an assist to the assist on the second goal as well. I passed the ball to [Paige Satchell] and Satch passed it to [Emma Mukandi], who banged it in.

Looking ahead to this weekend, we have a massive game against Sunderland. What are your thoughts heading into that one?

It's a big game, but we have to focus on ourselves. Obviously, the opponent is important, but we can only do so much and I think we'll be fine if we bring the same intensity as in the last game. We just have to keep pushing, be aggressive, and get hungry for another three points.



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