Leicester City Women Football Club

Makoni: I can’t fault the performance

Leicester City Women suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to league leaders Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night

  • Angela Addison’s goal came six minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have scored in every league game so far this season.
  • The Foxes had strong chances to open the scoring themselves whilst Demi Lambourne also pulled off good saves.

Leicester City Women put in an impressive defensive performance on Wednesday night against Tottenham Hotspur as a string of fine saves from Lambourne had looked to earn the visitors a point.

Unfortunately for the Foxes, Angela Addison found the back of the net in the 96th minute to seal a 1-0 win for the league leaders.

Assistant Manager Michael Makoni says the team’s performance was excellent and the girls executed the game plan “pretty much to a tee”.

Speaking to LCWFC TV, Makoni said: “For the first 89 minutes or so, we had the plan down to a tee, we just missed that last little bit of composure in front of goal.

“We had the chances. It was just a case of putting one of them away. We kept them at bay for the most part and our counter attack against them worked perfectly. You could see that they were struggling as well with the counter attack.

“The plan was going well until the crucial minute when you get sucker punched at the end. It’s unfortunate.

The Foxes had defended resolutely for the match including creating chances of their own throughout the 90 minutes. Makoni was pleased with how the side had applied themseleves against the league leaders.

“Fair play to [Tottenham] they kept going. Both teams from minute one to 90 kept trying to attack. It’s just a case where one mishap at the end, one bit of composure and class from them where she’s put it away, perfectly into the bottom corner.”

The Championship takes a break now for the international break with the Foxes not in action until travelling to face Manchester United on Sunday 10 March. Makoni says the girls need to continue with the belief that they showed in the Tottenham game.

“It’s a case of the girls having this belief that they showed today. They can do that, and apply that when they play Manchester United in the next couple of weeks.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks to get our plan together and execute a plan for Manchester United. No doubt we’ll feel we can make up for what happened last week on Wednesday.”

Whilst the Foxes’ first team aren’t in action for two weeks, Leicester City Women’s Reserves are in Reserves Cup Semi Final action on Sunday 24 February as they host Charlton Athletic at Riverside Pavilion.