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Millwall Lionesses have got off to an impressive start this season and they are nicely placed among the leading teams in the Southern Division following their 2-1 victory away to Bristol City on Sunday.
Claire Williams scored both Millwall goals in the win but she was generous in victory after the game. "We expected a tough game and we got one," Claire told Women's Soccer Scene. "We were a bit fortunate, Krissie (Glover) made some good saves and I managed to get two goals, but the team defended well. We hung on a bit at the end and it was really pleasing to get the victory.
"Bristol City are very fast down the wings and we were under pressure at times, but we managed to hold on. I always felt we were still in the game when we went behind, it wasn't until the last 20 minutes that Bristol City had us under the cosh. But in the first 25 minutes of the second half, I thought we were the better team."
Goalkeeper Krissie Glover added to her fast growing reputation as an outstanding young goalkeeper with an impressive performance, but the 16-year-old echoed her team mates views about the way the game went. "I'm very happy with the win, because we didn't really deserve it to be honest," she said. "We played better in the second half - the first half wasn't so great for us but we got the win in the end and that's all that matters."
Claire was particulary delighted about her two goals, which takes her tally for the season to six. "I was very pleased because people say I haven't got a right foot, so the first one was quite important to me," she smiled. "The second pleased me because it was a well measured finish, I just swerved it around the keeper and gave her no chance."
The Lionesses are one point behind leaders Watford and Portsmouth, and Krissie is confident that Millwall can stay with them in the long run. "I felt like it last year, but we've got off to a better start this year," she replies. "If we carry it on, we can push (for promotion). Nothing is a foregone conclusion, everyone is really tight with only a few points between each team, but we can challenge."
With a number of players, including the likes of Eunice Asante, Clare Rafferty and Amy Mason currently out injured, the Millwall squad is set to get stronger as the season goes on, a point which is acknowleged by Krissie: "We've got more strength in depth this year. Usually our bench is made up of 14-15 year olds but it's getting better this time."
Millwall will travel to Bristol City again next Sunday as the teams will meet in the Second Round of the Premier League Cup, and Claire insists that last week's result will have no bearing on that game. "I don't think so, it will be a completely different ninety minutes, " she says. "Some people will think we have a psychological advantage but you start all over again. The teams will know a bit more about each other so it could be cagier.
"We've just got to come here, hopefully not ride our luck so much but if we work hard and take our chances, we can get the right result.
"I think both teams will see the game as an incentive - it's a chance to get to play one of
the bigger teams in the quarter finals. But it's a couple of weeks away, we've got Watford in the meantime so I'm just concentrating on that for the moment."
Likewise, Krissie is fully focused on the match with leaders Watford and revealed that her team may have a point to prove. "We played Watford earlier in the season and lost 3-0, and it was probably our worst performance of the season," she admits, "but it we up our game a bit, we can definitely push them."
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