Saturday 17 March 2018

Development team mid season review

Development team manager Dan Logue discusses the season so far.

For the Millwall Lionesses development team, the 2017-18 season has been a great one so far. With the first team not in action this weekend, we sat down with manager Dan Logue to discuss the progress of the side.

“It’s been a great season for us so far,” Dan Logue started with. “With a development side, the focus on continuous improvement is paramount.”

With the introduction of the Continental Cup, this has given a chance for some of the development players to make appearances alongside Lee Burch’s first team.

“Having girls like Beth Powell and Sammy Booker make competitive appearances and both Katie Gilligan and Poppy Payne being involved with the first team, it’s a huge kudos to the girls work ethic,” Logue added.

“It shows as a club we are carrying with the philosophy of promoting youth and this is especially great given the fact how well the first team are doing at the moment.”

In the FAWSL Development league, the Lionesses have been catching the attention and currently sit in third place with 8 wins and a draw from ten league games this campaign and records are the aim for Logue.

Logue states; “As a team we have already amassed more points and league wins than last season’s total and this shows the development of the players again.”

With the success of the development progress on a league level, there have been a range of highlights for Dan Logue and the team as a whole.

“My personal highlight is knowing that teams are talking about us, it shows that we’re doing something here. Logue told us. “When you’re ‘not supposed’ to be at the top, people look to drag you down and this has given us extra fuel to push on and do well.”

“As a team, the highlight was the Tottenham away game. In preseason, we lost 2-1 then in the league we turned up and were 5-1 up at the break. That says a lot about us and one of the best performances of the year.”

Along with positives, a team is always going to have a rough game and when it come to this season’s cup run, a challenge was faced.

“We reached the quarter final this year, which is an improvement on last year but we just didn’t turn up on the day. We had a poor game and didn’t play like we normally do. We learnt a lot that day and it gave us stuff to work on in training to progress further.”

The development team also saw the departure of goalkeeper Grace Taylor midseason, but Logue says there was’ no effect on his side’.

“Grace needed to make the decision which was best for her and I wish her all the best for the future. Other members of the squad have stepped up and that’s been credited with Simone (Eligon) being on the first team bench in recent weeks.”

As the development side continue to push on and look for a fight at the top of the league table, the squad are continuing to look to make the step up for the first team when the call comes.

“The expectation is always hard work. Yes, we are doing well but it doesn’t mean we can stop and relax. The girls know what they want to achieve and I know they will work for it as individuals and as a squad.”

The development side next face Oxford United at St Paul’s on Sunday afternoon and with no first team league action and free entry, Dan Logue hopes to see as many down to support the side!

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