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Break has allowed development for London City Lionesses – Phillips previews Sunderland

London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips says that the lengthy break since her side’s last fixture has allowed the team to add further layers to their game.

The Pride have not played a competitive match since 15 December with their last two FA Women’s Championship matches having been postponed due to COVID-19 and the wet weather.

When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Sunderland, Phillips said that the break has allowed the team to develop their game. She also commented that the reverse fixture allowed The Pride an opportunity to create chances despite Sunderland’s strong defensive identity.

“The time in-between our last game to now has allowed us to add further layers to our game so we are excited to go and execute that at the weekend,” Phillips said.

“It was probably the most transitional game that we played in the first half of the season against Sunderland and there was actually opportunity to create within that chaos rather than numbers behind that ball and that’s what we faced in the first half.

“We scored on two set pieces, a corner and the second one was from a second phase ball from a set piece. Goals aren’t easy to come by and we know that we are going to have to be sharp.”

This weekend’s fixture against Sunderland is London City Lionesses’ first league match at home since mid-November and Phillips said that she welcomes prospect of a return to Princes Park.

She said “It has been some time for both teams since our last league match, I think it was 21 November for both of us so we are definitely eager to get back on the pitch, let alone resume the hunt in our league.

“It will be an exciting opportunity for us, especially at home. We have had tremendous home form, we are really difficult to play against at Princes Park and we look forward to continuing that trend in the second half of the season.”

London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture against Sunderland kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday.

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