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MATCH PREVIEW v Aston Villa Ladies #SAVEOURCLUB

April 18, 2018

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You get knocked down and you get back up was the saying, Someone can try and keep you down but as a team your power and resilience will prove to strong.

 

The second time this season Millwall Lionesses have suffered a major set back, the first was a 3 point deduction but yesterday everyone involved with Millwall was affected with some bad news. 

 

The Lionesses released a club statement to say that the club would be going into administration soon. The club announced that they dont have enough stable funds and that the club has exhausted all external funding channels.

 

A club that has done so well on the pitch and deserve so much more in terms of funding. The Lionesses have passed all expectations and have some very memorable games to look back on at the end of this season.

 

With a threat so serious it is unsure as to whether the Lionesses will be able to go the rest of the rest of the season and finish the league.

 

With today's game going ahead we urge that all Millwall fans donate whatever they can to the Lionesses in order to keep them a float. With such a great spirited team and such an amazing fan base we are, the MSC are sure that our fans will be helping out

 

MATCH PREVIEW 

 

"The return of the Lion"

 

Well Macklemore's song was something like that anyway! After a long period off since the 4-2 win away to Oxford the Lionesses are back in action tonight against Aston Villa under the lights.

 

The Lionesses currently sit in second spot while Aston Villa sit second bottom of the table. Two very different stories to this season. 

 

Lee Burch and his staff have been making sure the players are fit and ready fro Wednesday's night clash with Villa before they travel up north to Durham on the Sunday. With such a poor fixture schedule originally organised and with postponements occurring, it now leaves the Lionesses with a very congested fixture schedule as they look to carry on this very impressive unbeaten run.

 

The run has been impressive but the Lionesses are not done yet. An unbeaten season and a chance to claim top spot will be in the eyes of the Lions and their is a real buzz around the current squad that this is more than achievable despite 5 of their final 7 games being away from home.

 

With Aston Villa on a bot of a poor run themselves if the Lionesses can sense fear early on, The Lionesses would have a very good chance of showing Aston Villa just what its like when you turn up in South London on a Wednesday night. Rough, Physical and the occasional give me that look again and i'll knock your teeth out is what its like on a Wednesday night and while we don't condone violence, every Millwall fan loves a good tackle.

 

Lee Burch may have a headache on Wednesday morning as he aims to choose the 11 he feels will get the job done. With every player having a reason for being in that first 11, it makes it a very unpredictable line up, something that may work in favour for the Lionesses.

 

Some first team players featured for the development side on Sunday to ensure match fitness was at its peak, Ashlee Hincks scored for the devs but Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners down in south London.

 

Butler: I WILL SCORE A HEADER!

The Lionesses have played 1 game in 8 weeks, A gap that can have serious effect on teams and individual players form, how does yourself and the rest of the team keep game ready during long breaks?

 

JB: So the 1 game in 8 weeks hasn’t been great - of course we just want to be playing games! Especially the fact that 2 games were cancelled so it wasn’t a break that we were prepared for. We are really lucky to have a great S&C coach Ali, who is always on hand to throw a few horrible fitness sessions at us! Thankfully we are really lucky that, as you know, we have some huge personalities that without fail are able to lift the mood when it gets tough so we’ve managed to get through the 8 weeks and have come out the other side on a high and raring to go against Villa.

 

Aston Villa proved tough to break down in the reverse fixture, a game you played a crucial role in keeping a clean sheet, It took 70 minutes for the Lionesses to score, Do you feel the sides lower down the table set up against Millwall to frustrate our front line?

 

JB: Take nothing from Villa they have always been a great defensively solid side. I think their position in the league doesn’t bare a resemblance on where they should be so I don’t believe that’s the reason why it took us 70 minutes to break them down. We have a great attacking set of players, so when teams line up against us they definitely have to bear that in mind.

 

How well do you feel the team have prepared for this game, and are you ready to make your comeback from being a commentator to getting back on the pitch?

 

JB: I mean as fun as commentating is, I definitely much prefer being out on the pitch and cant wait for the game tomorrow, and that is a feeling that is running through camp. As everyone would have seen, today hasn’t been a great day for all us players and staff involved at the Lionesses! Finding out that despite all our efforts and determination on the pitch the club could soon be going into administration is never easy to take. As a group we have come through so much in the past and are definitely not willing to go down without a fight. The passion and tenacity of the group of players we have can never be questioned and it won’t be up for questioning against Villa either.

 

Aston Villa have lost 5 of their last 6 games, a run which started when they lost to Millwall 2-0. Does them being on a poor run affect the way you prepare or is there a set plan no matter how well or how bad their form has been?

 

JB: As I mentioned before, Villa defensively are a very strong side. We all know how football works and unfortunately sometimes results just do not fall for you. It would be disrespectful for us to under prepare for our game against Villa and it isn’t something that you will find any of the girls doing. We will set up as we always do with the same end goal, 3 points to keep up the chase on top spot.

 

With a big run of games coming in, how confident are the side of carrying on the run and getting as many points as possible in what has been a very successful season?

 

JB: There is no denying the fact that our final run of games to see the season out is going to be tough! We have to play some big teams, including Doncaster, who we are chasing! It is going to be a difficult time for us, but as ever we will address each game as it comes. Each and every one of us have confidence in each others ability and will be aiming to get as many points as possible to make it the most successful season ever for a Millwall Lionesses team!

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

Oxford 2 Millwall 4 25/03/18

Millwall ran the show at Oxford back in March where a brace from both Rianna Dean and Charlie Devlin proved too much power for a weak defensive Oxford side. The Lionesses never looked in doubt really and will be annoyed they conceded twice from long range. Hopefully more of the same against Villa.

 

London Bees 2 Aston Villa 1 12/04/18

A big match at the wrong end of the table saw London Bees triumph over Aston Villa as two ex villians gave the Bees a crucial 3 points on home turf. This loss came after an impressive win at Watford. Aston Villa are out of form too so they are in need of a win.

 

LAST TIME WE MET

 

Aston Villa 0 Millwall Lionesses 2 11/02/18

Charlie Devlin stole the headlines at the Lamb ground when we travelled to Villa in the middle of February. Her two perfectly executed finishes saw the Lionesses run away with 3 points. With the game being even bigger than it was before the Lionesses will be looking for the same outcome.

 

FINAL CALL

 

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