Leicester City Women Football Club

Makoni: We weren’t at the races

Leicester City Women exited the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the Fourth Round stage following defeat to London Bees at Farley Way Stadium.

  • Leicester City Women fell to a 2-0 defeat to London Bees after a goal in either half.
  • The Foxes missed a second half penalty when Rosie Axten struck the post.
  • The defeat ends the Foxes unbeaten start to 2019.

Jonathan Morgan’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to London Bees in the Fourth Round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup following goals from Katie Wilkinson and Ruesha Littlejohn early in both halves.

Leicester City Women Assistant Manager Michael Makoni says the team weren’t at the races and were punished by a side who wanted it more.

Speaking to LCWFC TV, Michael Makoni said “We weren’t at the races today, and we got punished by a team that was willing to work harder than us.

It’s a learning curve for us, and the players. The FA Cup you only get one chance at this and unfortunately for us, and for the fans, we just weren’t at the races today.

The Foxes started the game the stronger of the two sides but fell behind in the eight minute following a well worked free-kick from the visitors.

“They took that first goal quite early on and they sat off us and forced us into making mistakes and I think we fell into that trap.

“We’ve been around long enough now to know, you recover from these. You know you’re not going to win every game, it’s about going back in, we’ll go back to the league game next week against Palace and concentrate just like every other game.”

Leicester City Women host Crystal Palace at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday 10 February as they return to league action for the final seven matches of the season.

“Whether we’d have won today or lost it was always going to be back to the league fixture next week.” Makoni continued, “We’ll work hard in the week and get going for Sunday.”

Ahead of two crucial home matches against Palace and Manchester United on Wednesday night, Makoni spoke about the headaches in team selection with plenty of players pushing for starting positions.

“As we’ve done all season, it’ll be based on work ethic of the girls in training, so the girls that have worked the hardest will get the shirt come Sunday.”

Tickets for both Championship matches against Crystal Palace (Sunday 10) and Manchester United (Wednesday 13) are available from lcwfc.com/shop.