Sunday 12 November 2017

PREVIEW | Oxford United vs Millwall Lionesses

Oxford United Women face Millwall Lionesses in a return to league action following their game against Manchester City Women.

The Yellows travel away to face strong opposition in The Lionesses. Millwall have won three, drawn one and lost none of their first four games of the WSL 2 season. Striker Ashlee Hincks getting off to a particularly hot start to the season with five goals in seven games.

Oxford Manager Andy Cook knows the potential this Millwall side have, and believes it will be a high quality game of football. “Millwall are a very good side, they always had the potential to do very well and Manager Lee Burch and his staff have brought that out of them since they took over. When we played them in the Spring Series it was the toughest test we faced, tactically and technically they dominated the ball. We know the experience we have had in the Spring Series and squad we now have that the game will be a very different encounter. I have spoken to Lee during the week over text, just a few messages and we are both looking forward to the game. I know, like me, he believes the game should be one of the best of the season. Two very good sides, with good players in both sides showing what they can do. I expect nothing less than a disciplined and quality performance from both. I would be very disappointed if the game is anything less as the players that will be on show from both teams on Sunday all have the potential to be playing in WSL1. It would be a shame if players let themselves and their clubs down.”

Andy is positive the club will reap the benefits from their massive game against WSL 1 side Manchester City. “What a night we had, we had the most match day takings the club has ever had. We had over 750 people come down to watch, many of whom managed to speak to the players and myself and all spoke about how impressed they were with things. The biggest sign of the quality of the night was the fact Pep Clotet and Faz [Derek Fazackerley] - the men’s First Team Manager and Assistant coming down and taking in the game. We don't need to counter anything, the night give us the knowledge that we can match it with the very best and hold our own. If we’re honest, us working as part-time and them full-time was evident from the start, and to quote one of our players; "I was just sat in my office from 9 to 5 and now I've got to stop Man City scoring" paints its own picture of the gulf between us. However, the game has now gone and we’ve had this week to focus fully back on league and the game against Millwall.”

While United have started the season well, one of the most exciting things has been that they’ve yet to perform at their best. Andy believes they still have more to show and is looking forward to what’s to come. “We’ve started the season well but we haven't been at our best. We have played slow at times and given the ball away cheaply, we all know we can do better so its a very exciting time. People around the club keep telling me how well we are doing but I'm not happy with just doing well, just doing well is turning up, all the girls, myself and staff are not about just turning up, every week we work with a direction and reason to work, the competitive nature of elite sport gives us that drive to make sure we

are as ready, prepared and focused as possible we all want to win and achieve something special with Oxford United.”