London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips believes that her side must look to control the tempo of the game when they face the FA Women’s Championship’s bottom club Coventry United at the Butts Park Arena on Sunday.
The hosts have conceded most of their goals during the second half of their recent matches but London City Lionesses boss Phillips is keen to see her side get a hold on the game from the first whistle this weekend.
Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time ahead of the match, Phillips said “Coventry are a tough opponent to face but it is all about how you prepare and approach the game.
“It’s about putting your stamp on the game and really making sure that our speed of play, tempo and possession is something that we control from the get go.
“The ideal scenario is that we start the game strong, that is something that we are talking about.
“They are one of the more clever and creative attacking teams in transition and that is where they really challenge teams. That is where we have got to do a good job controlling the tempo throughout.”
London City Lionesses fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Durham last weekend and when reflecting on that match, Phillips said that there was plenty to take from The Wildcats to help develop her own side’s identity.
She added “There’s a lot that we can learn from them (Durham) on who we are becoming.
“We are a little bit behind them from an identity and mentality standpoint looking at how long they have been together and how long we have been together at this point.
“We are pleased with our performance in the second half, it reflected a lot on the game, we had to find ways to start the game a little bit quicker.
“There were a lot of positives to take from that and in terms of what we have learnt from ourselves.”
London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture against Coventry United kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the CULFC Media YouTube channel.