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Match Report | Watford Ladies 1 Millwall Lionesses 0

October 13, 2017

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 Millwall Lionesses tasted defeat for the first time in quite a while last night when they lost 1-0 to Watford in the first group game of the Continental Cup.

 

Millwall made 6 changes to the team allowing some of the players who have seen some of their game time this season so far limited gain some minutes.

 

The goal came in rather controversial fashion when Babajide seemed to have just slipped on the floor without being touched. The resulting free kick close to the bye line was taken by Nuttall and substitute Fatuga Dada was there with one her first touches to score in the 73rd minute and give the hosts the lead.

 

Lee Burch brought on regular first team players Charlie Devlin, Ella Rutherford and Leanne Cowan but it was just not meant to be.

 

The Lionesses however did have the ball in the back of the net when Rianna Dean scored form very close range but the linesman had called for offside.

 

Millwall who still haven't lost in the league since the 26th of February to Sheffield ladies 2-1 will take this as a learning curve and hopefully can have a much better performance against London Bees on the 28th.

 

One regular first team player who started last night was one of our sponsored players Megan Alexander. I managed to ask her a couple of questions about last nights game..

 

Q1) First defeat since the Bristol City game in the cup how do you expect to bounce back from the defeat?

 

Megan: I know the squad will bounce back in the best possible way. Obviously after the last defeat we've then gone on a fantastic run of unbeaten games and that just shows the character we have in this team. Last night hurt all of us a lot so I know we will use this as motivation and kick on again. We will learn from this.

 

Q2) Without undermining the cup but is the league the priority?

 

Megan: We go into every competition wanting to win whether that the league or the cup and I think with the squad that we have this year I believe we can do really well in both. We want to win the league as our priority but we also want to do well in the cup and put a statement across both leagues.

 

Q3) Last nights performance was a lot different from the last 3 what was the reason for the change in performance?

 

Megan: I think we just didn't put our best foot forward last night and we let ourselves down, maybe midweek had played a factor with everyone working in the day but either way we need to make sure it dosent happen again.

 

Q4) Usually you would been seen on the left side of the pitch but due to 3 at the back we've seen you on the right and left side of defence, how has that helped improve your game?

 

Megan: Yes, it has improved me massively because not only am I learning to defend better which is my biggest weakness I'm also learning another position and what that requires which is important because it helps me understand what my teammates need.

 

Q5) A long break till the Bees game how will the team make sure they are ready?

 

Megan: We will work even harder in training and look over the game from last night to see where we need to improve but most importantly we will have more desire and passiob to get back on that winning streak.

 

Millwall starting XI:

Quantrill, Butler, Alexander, Nicol (Devlin 74), Horwood, Hincks (Rutherford 56), Dean, Gaylor, Wynne (Cowan 81), Giddings, Fowle

 

Millwall subs not used:

Taylor, Robe, Mason, Powell

 

Watford starting XI:

Kitching, Kerr, Jones, Nuttall, Cudone (Fatuga Dada 62), Babajide, Bragg (Puddefoot 68), Murray, Sargent, Will, Maple

 

Watford subs not used:

Varanowska, Ward, Petkova, Neal

 

MOTM: Megan Alexander, not the best of games as a team but Megan was consistent and despite losing did her part of keeping her opponent at bay.

 

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