Brooks & Phillips Reflect on Everton
Billie Brooks said “I think it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been working hard it’s nice to finally get the results our performances deserve, because we’ve missed out narrowly on a few games, but Sunday everything went well.”
Millwall Lionesses got their first win of the Spring Series last Sunday beating Everton Ladies 2-1 at the Lionesses home of St Paul’s Sports Ground.
Ella Rutherford scored her first, first team goal in the 20th minute as her shot struck the inside of the post and crossed the line. Seven minutes later Everton pulled the game back to 1-1 as Claudia Walker scored from the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill got a hand to the ball, but the power of the shot was too much. Then in the 65th minute new loan signing Charlie Devlin came off the bench to score her first Millwall goal and the winner, to give Millwall Lionesses their first three points of the Spring Series.
Assistant manager Lauren Phillips spoke of how delighted she is for the team to get their first Spring Series win. “It feels brilliant, especially for the girls. It’s been something that we’ve been obviously working towards to say the least. It’s a performance and a result that we’ve said would come and it has, so absolutely ecstatic for the girls who’ve worked very very hard. The three points is what we crave and it’s something that I feel we deserve and just gives us that little push forward into the next game.”
Billie Brooks also said “I think it’s been a long time coming. We’ve been working hard it’s nice to finally get the results our performances deserve, because we’ve missed out narrowly on a few games, but Sunday everything went well.”
Before the game, Everton were unbeaten in the Spring Series and beating Everton will send a strong message to the rest of the league. Phillips said, “Everton are a very very good team. We took our chances on the day, gave away a silly penalty to be honest. Considering the last two games we played against them last season were very tough and was fortunate to get a point against them in previous fixtures. So, to actually go one better this season against an excellent team that’ll be looking for promotion to WSL 1 is absolutely fantastic.”
Brooks also said how strong of a statement the win is as she said “I think that shows how far we’ve come and how much we’ve improved. It sends out a big statement because they’ve not lost a game yet and we’ve been working towards a good result and I think now it’s a springboard for us and we can just push on now and get a few more results.”
The main thing now for the Lionesses is to continue this winning momentum into their next game and Brooks said this result is enough to keep the team going. “I think that results enough to keep your momentum going, keep spirits high and stuff like that anyway. Now because we’ve got a big game next which is London Bees, obviously we beat them in the FA Cup, so for us we’re going to look to get three points again.”
Phillips said that the team need to keep doing more of the same things they did against Everton in future games. “Do a lot of the same. We created lots and lots of chances and now we’ve shown that we can take them. So it’s just keep forward and on the front foot and create chances, but most importantly score them and keep the ball out the back of the net simply at the end of the day.”
The Lionesses have a break this weekend. Their next match is away to London Bees at The Hive on Saturday 15th April with the game scheduled to start at 14:00.