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PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses v Brighton Women

October 7, 2017

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One win and One draw to the start of the season has seen the Lionesses carry on their impressive form that they ended the spring series with into the new season. The Lionesses will be looking to win once again on home territory against a Brighton side who have won both of their games so far and will be looking to carry that on when they visit Millwall this Sunday.


Last time out the Lionesses were held to a goalless draw at home, but things have most certainly changed since then with the arrival of new players and the form since that game, the Lionesses will be confident of getting the job done on Sunday.


A player who will be very much looking to get off the mark Sunday will be Rianna Dean who joined in the summer from Arsenal after her scintillating season for their development side saw her offered a contract at Millwall. Rianna has came off the bench for both games this season and will be pushing Ashlee Hincks all the way to a starting spot.


The 18 year old forward knows where the back of the net is and will be itching come kick off to get on that score sheet but for now Rianna Dean kindly took part in a Q&A with myself to talk about Millwall, the season so far, the opposition and targets Rianna had set herself this week before she was scoring that first goal for the Lionesses.


Q) 4 points from the opening two games and in that was an away draw against title favourites Doncaster, what positives are to be taken from them two results into the Brighton game?


Rianna: I think to have picked up 4 points in the first two games especially the point away to Doncaster gives us a lot of positives to take into the game against Brighton. We know that is going to be another big test for us but we are taking each game at a time and improving each week, and its showing on the pitch as we are getting the results.


Q) After joining Millwall before the season started, how have you settled in with the place, the team and the staff?


Rianna: I have settled in really well. All the staff and players are really nice and welcoming, making me feel part of the team from the minute I arrived.


Q) Brighton are one of only two teams who currently have a 100% record in the league and will want to keep that going Sunday. How will yourself and the team adapt to this or will you play the same way?


Rianna: I think we cant focus too much on the opposition. We will prepare in exactly the same way and go into the game with the same mentality as the two previous games. Tactically, that is down to the manager, but I believe that if we go into the game with the same work rate and determination we will get the result we want.


Q) After Leaving Arsenal what was the main factor that brought you to Millwall?


Rianna: After seeing the success the team had in the spring series I felt that Millwall would be the club I could help add to, In terms of helping them win the league this year. Also, another reason was to gain first team experience and game time minutes, as I believe that is very important to gain this for development and as I progress throughout my career and that is now the time to do it.


Q) Last but not least have you set yourself any personal targets?


Rianna: Mainly to become a better player, and to try and prove that I am ready for the next level. Also, to have a positive impact on the team and help them win games and bring success.


Good luck to the Lionesses on Sunday, I will be down there bringing you live match updates from the game.


I personally and the rest of the MSC would like to thank Rianna Dean for taking her time to complete the Q&A with us and we wish her the best of luck this season.


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