London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips has identified this weekend’s trip to Liverpool as a game which can help her side move towards achieving their long term ambitions in the FA Women’s Championship.
The Pride will end the season in sixth place in the FA Women’s Championship table but their main goal is to transform into a side which will challenge for promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
While this weekend’s game at Liverpool is something of a dead rubber game for The Pride, Phillips is not looking at it that way and she is keen to use the opportunity to both learn valuable lessons and build momentum going into the summer.
“It’s a huge opportunity for us,” said Phillips in her pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “We are focused on the long term goals but I think that this is an opportunity to propel us towards that and to finish the season on a high.
“We are an incredibly deserving group. I have been really proud of the performances that we have had, especially in our tough FA Cup and Conti Cup draws, to go out and be a hard-nosed, organised, tough and competitive group.
“This group have only just scratched the surface of the success that we will have in years to come.”
The game against Liverpool will offer Phillips a last chance to assess the performances of her players this season and she expects them to take any learning points away and use them positively in the future.
“This time of year is always a bit bittersweet going into the last game that there are potential changes on the horizon,” Phillips added. “I commend my group because they are incredibly focused on getting the next result and we look at every game as a big game.
“Liverpool will be just that. It is a great opportunity to continue testing ourselves and we are going to grow regardless of result because there are going to be opportunities within the failures that we may have throughout the game and opportunities from the successes to learn more about ourselves.
“I think it is important for us to go there and focus on our performance as we always have.”
London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture at Liverpool kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.