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Remi Allen: 'You heard the fans loud and proud, I'm buzzing they saw us get the win'

Remi Allen is on a roll. 

London City Lionesses’ rookie head coach maintained her winning start to life on the touchline on Sunday [17 March], stewarding the Pride to victory over Sunderland A.F.C. 

Ruesha Littlejohn scored the afternoon’s only goal, curling the ball over the glove of Claudia Moan and into the top corner.

Allen spoke with reporters after the match, here is every word she said.

London City Lionesses: Ruesha Littlejohn scored on St. Patrick's Day, thoughts...

You couldn't write it, could you!? I'm really proud of her, she took the finish really well. I'm not sure why she was so far up the pitch, but I'm buzzing for her.

Impetus Football: After an important win, what are your thoughts on your team’s performance?

I’m really proud, I think we played some nice football in the first half and we had some opportunities to hurt them. I think the second half became a bit of a scrap, which you probably expect when you’re playing a team like Sunderland. But we matched them and created enough in the second half to potentially make the game more comfortable. Overall, I’m feeling really proud.

Impetus Football: Elsewhere, Lewes beat Watford – is it important for you that other results create a gap between London City and the relegation zone?

To be honest with you, I’ve told the players and the staff that we’re not looking at other results. We’re just focusing on what we do and how we can put points on the board. If we do that, we’ll bridge the gap and move away from the bottom part of the table.

Impetus Football: With Charlton Athletic flying high in the standings, how will you prepare for next week’s game?

We prepare the same way for every team we face. Charlton are a very good side, they play lovely football, and we’ve got huge respect for them. We’ll do our due diligence and work really hard to make sure that we get it right tactically. Hopefully, we’ll hit the ground running again next week.

London City Lionesses: Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah was back in the line-up and covered every blade of grass, what did you make of her performance?

She was brilliant, I thought she absolutely worked her socks off.  Chaney had real quality in moments and it was a shame that she wasn’t able to finish one of her chances because that would’ve made it a perfect day for her.

London City Lionesses: After only a few weeks, the defence really seems to be building chemistry as a back five…

Unbelievable – they’re getting better week by week and are starting to understand each other better. They showed real leadership in the backline and dominated their area. I’m really proud of them.

London City Lionesses: Danielle Carter is playing in a deeper role, how do rate her adaptation to that?

Dan is a great player and she always has been. She’s intelligent, which means she can play in lots of different roles. We’re asking her to do a lot out of possession, which she possibly doesn’t like so much, but she’s so talented on the ball and having her qualities in the middle of the park really helps us make things happen. She’s adapted well.

London City Lionesses: Is there anything or anyone else you’d like to mention?

Just the fans – you heard them loud and proud as our twelfth player and I’m buzzing that they were here to see us pick up three points. I’m looking forward to seeing them week in and week out.

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