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MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses v Spurs Ladies

December 9, 2017

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 BACK TO BACK LEAGUE GAMES!

 

Millwall Lionesses are back again this weekend against a Spurs side the haven't played competitively for 6 years. That game saw the Lionesses run out winners..

 

However the Lionesses so far remain unbeaten in the league and will want to carry on their 2017 form into 2018, after a win last weekend they will want to get one over a Spurs side who lost their last game last weekend in the league against Brighton 1-0.

 

This is a massive game for Lee Burch's side who have showed their class in the league this season and have shown that goals can come from anywhere in the team with there being 8 different goal scorers in 10 games scoring 21 goals in 8 of them games, drawing two blanks in the cup of course. So I expect to see a few goals on Sunday and hopefully the return of Leigh Nicol who was ill last weekend.

 

Millwall have never played Tottenham in the WSL however did play against them in a pre season friendly this season where Spurs won 2-1 (IT'S ONLY A FRIENDLY). Millwall will look to return the favour this weekend and hopefully get another 3 points as they look to close the gap on Doncaster.

 

Leanne Cowan

 

Despite only being 21 its feels like Leanne Cowan has been around for ages! The quick, skilful, hard working and determined winger or full back has been in fine form this season scoring 2 of the 21 goals including the famous celebration on the opening day of the season against Watford. Leanne came through the youth ranks at Millwall and is just one of a few players who show what can be achieved when getting your head down and grinding hard for it.

 

Leanne Cowan has scored 2 goals this season and here they are

 

 

I spoke to Leanne this week and here is what Leanne had to say:

 

Q1) After a long break off how important is it that the team gets a string of games together to get back to match fitness again and gather the form?

 

Leanne: It's very important to get a string of back to back games together to get our fitness back up to peak levels so we can perform at our best again. Starting the year off with a tough win over Sheffield can hopefully help us gain some momentum, we'll want to build on that result too as we had a solid game defensively but were a bit sloppy in possession at times.

 

Q2) Only young still, you've come through the youth at Millwall and have seen this club change over time, what has been the main reason for the Lionesses success recently?

 

Leanne: I've been at the club since I was 8 and I've seen lots of change over the years; I think the key to the recent success has been the togetherness of the group. Not just the starting 11 but the whole squad; the people that come on and the girls that don't get on as well. We all work hard for each other in games and in training with Ali: He's got us up to a good level of fitness which we haven't had in the last few years. I think that results going well for us have been key too; Its given us the confidence and the belief that we have been lacking. The staff have been great too, tactically we've made changes that suit us as a squad which give us the best chance to go out and execute a game plan to get a result.

 

Q3) The Lionesses lost to Spurs in a pre season friendly, will you and the team take that into consideration for Sunday?

 

Leanne: We'll take the pre season loss into consideration, as we know their playing style and strengths. But we'll also use it as motivation, as on the day we didn't have our best performance. We know they're a good footballing side so we'll need to be at the top of our game to get a result.

 

Q4) How far can the women's game really go? Its growing well but still isn't at the level it deserves to be, how long will it take before it gets the recognition it deserves?

 

Leanne: I think the women's game has the potential to grow and develop a lot further than it already has. I'm unsure if the planned FA restructure will help the game as a whole, or whether it will just widen the gulf between the WSL 1 and the rest of the leagues that will end up being left behind because the clubs won't have the money to compete. If you think about it it's quite mad, on the women's football show we don't even get a mention, yes the WSL 1 is a great league but our league is overlooked. That wouldn't happen in the men's game, they wouldn't just leave out the League 2 games and results on the football league show. I'd say it could be another 5-10 years before the women's game gets the recognition it deserves. I think it all depends on the availability of watching games whether live or on the TV and promotion to the general public by the media to promote interest.

 

3 FUN FACTS ABOUT LEANNE COWAN!!!

1) I scored on my full debut at the Den when I was 18 against Aston Villa

2) I used to play basketball when I was growing up at school and only stopped because I had to choose between football and basketball. Kobe Cowan anyone?

3) I've had a fringe basically my whole life since I had hair, it as my first nickname given to me in senior football

 

The Opposition

 

Spurs ladies are playing a competitive season in the WSL this season for the first time ever after promotion back in the spring of 2016.

 

Spurs have collected 7 points in their opening 6 league games Winning 2 Drawing 1 Losing 3, their most recent being a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton last weekend.

 

Spurs will be happy with their start and hope to ruin MIllwall's day on Sunday. The women that is leading the squad is manager Karen Hills, Karen took over Tottenham in 2009 and has led them to promotion to the WSL and will now aim to keep them in there and become an established WSL 2 side.

 

Bianca Baptiste was part of the Spurs side that got promoted back in May 2016 and her goals and creativity means that she has become a real force in Karen's side. Quick feet and a powerful shot, Bianca could cause Millwall a few problems at the back on Sunday.

 

Good luck to Spurs on Sunday but more importantly...

COME ON YOU LIONESSES!

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