Leicester City Women Football Club

Johnson: We’ll stick to our game plan

The Foxes will stick to their game plan ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester City Women with striker Melissa Johnson full of confidence after her debut goal against Bristol City.

  • Melissa Johnson put the Foxes in front just 26 seconds into her debut on Sunday slotting the ball home from Rosie Axten’s cross.
  • The Striker hopes the goal will give her confidence going into the second round match against Manchester City
  • City face a tough Continental Cup group with Birmingham City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United to face after Sunday’s match.

Just 30 seconds into Sunday’s season opener against Bristol City, New signing Melissa Johnson had already opened her account for the Foxes scoring just 26 seconds into her City debut.

The striker was delighted to get off the mark so early and hopes it will build her confidence for the season ahead;

“I knew how tough the game was going to be on Sunday, I think for any striker you go into every game hoping to score but to score so early, it really helped me to settle into the game and it’ll help with my confidence going into our next few games. I’m not sure if i’ll score one quicker though!”

Melissa Johnson celebrates her debut goal against Bristol City

Melissa Johnson was one of 13 new faces arriving at Leicester City Women over a busy summer, the squad has been training together since the start of July and Johnson feels the new additions have all gelled together well with plenty to offer this season.

“I’ve been made to feel very welcome by everyone at Leicester City Women and I’m enjoying myself. There is so much potential in the squad, we’re gelling together well.”

“We’re still learning new things about each other and we’ve got things to work as the games go by. I think it showed on Sunday how much potential and character we have from each individual.”

Having beaten Bristol City Women on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Leicester next face a tough trip to Manchester to face last season’s finalists Manchester City Women. Melissa knows it will be a tough match with Nick Cushing’s side featuring seven England internationals named in Phil Neville’s squad for the qualifiers at the end of the month as well as four players who helped England Under 20’s reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.

“We prepare for every game the same, we know how tough the game will be but we have a game plan and we will stick to it. The atmosphere around training has been great, we’re focussed and looking forward to the game. It will be a great experience.”

“The group we’re in is strong, but I think that takes the pressure off us. We go into every game believing we can win the game, so I feel as long as we continue to work on ourselves and put in good, consistent performances then anything is possible.”