Millwall take the positives of Wednesday's defeat to London Bees into Sunday's game against Crystal Palace as Millwall go in search of a first league point at the third time of asking. The Lionesses suffered a 2-1 defeat at The Hive on Wednesday night after a late strike from Lauren Pickett ensured the hosts claimed their first win of the season and broke a few Lionesses hearts, who thought they had done enough to get at least a point from the game. Crystal Palace have lost their first two games as well, both sides needing a win on Sunday.
Crystal Palace were another side that came up from the third tier last season and are new to the FA Women's Championship, For Millwall this game will be massive as they will look to get one over their local rivals and claim a huge 3 points. Two Millwall players in the summer left to join Sunday's opposition, Both captain and vice captain Ashlee Hincks and Jordan Butler joined the eagles and have both had a decent start at their new club and it seems the duo have settled in early. For Millwall however, The Lionesses saw Ellie Stenning come their way, the competitive midfielder has had to put in a shift at center back recently and has performed very well there, a credit to her versatility.
Millwall have only found the back of the net 3 times this season in their 4 games while Palace have only netted 3 in 5, It's clear both haven't really got going in front of goal as of yet and both will see Sunday as a good opportunity to get some more goals and push themselves up the table. Millwall have conceded 13 goals in their first four games, averaging just over 3 goals conceded a game, something they will be looking to sharpen up come Sunday.
Chris hasn't named an unchanged side after 4 games into the competitive season but may have thoughts this time round, the side played well on Wednesday and played a lot better, Despite the result, the performance had definitely improved, so Chris may try to keep the balance by keeping the same squad. However players that didn't play or came on as a sub like Annie who impressed when she came on, will be chomping at the bit to start.
Naturally brought in as more of an attacking option, Ellie Stenning put in a shift at center back for the Lionesses so far this season. Ellie is a tenacious tackler and a hard worker on the ball and off of it. Playing against her former side in Crystal Palace, Ellie will be looking to get one over her former side and help get Millwall's first clean sheet.
Ellie had a rather impressive performance against West Ham last Sunday after her, Beth Powell and Lenny Priest really had a good game and hence kept their place in the starting XI last time out against The Bees, after another good performance against The Bees, Ellie will be looking to start against her former side.
It's a massive game for both sides Sunday and even bigger for Ellie who hopes she can prove her old side wrong and be on the right side of the game, in hope of a Millwall Lionesses victory.
Crystal Palace haven't had the ideal start to life in the FA Women's Championship. Two defeats on the spin for the eagles wouldn't have been the way the team would have wanted life to start , but will look to improve and get some points when they make the short trip to Dartford on Sunday.
Two players that will need no introduction to the Millwall team this Sunday is former players Jordan Butler and Ashlee Hincks, as previously mentioned above, the two have started life well at Palace, looking to carry on their ripe form from last season's success with the Lionesses. Both spent a fair amount of time at Millwall and were crucial in the success and growth of the club, now with the eagles, focuses are now with helping the Eagles succeed this season.
Crystal Palace who made the jump from the third tier last season, will look to get their season underway this Sunday as they hope to beat South London rivals Millwall, Both sides have 0 points after 2 games, but Palace will want to start with a win on the road.
Match day 3 in the FA Women's Championship and it's a local derby as Crystal Palace come to town, both teams in search of their first point of the season, both in search of their first win of the season.
Team: Crystal Palace
Venue: Princes Park
Date: Sunday 23rd September