As London City Lionesses produced another defiant display in a goalless draw at Princes Park in a hard-fought tussle with near neighbours, Crystal Palace, midfield ace and women of the match, Lily Agg insists that despite another fantastic display, defensively, it was a match decided by fine margins.
”It was tough,” insisted Agg. “I think we played really well. We were just missing that final little bit, it was fine margins. I thought as a team, we worked hard, we battled, we left everything out there, we’ve just got to keep building. The small margins are going to come and we just have to keep believing.”
After a bright opening spell from London City, the visitors were reduced to ten players as Stobbs received a second booking, as the game opened up for Agg and her team-mates. The midfield ace admits that after the red card, the hosts grew into the game, forcing Chloe Morgan in the Palace goal into making several key saves.
”It was a battle from the start, I thought we grew into the game and I thought towards the end, the game was there for the taking. We wanted it, we were building, we were pushing, we hit the crossbar, the keeper made some great saves and we just have to keep trying. We’ve got to keep building now and take that momentum into our next few games with London Bees and Charlton.”
In terms of the physicality of the match, being a local derby, Agg admits that the visitors held firm and played their part in a evenly contested game of football.
”It’s a big game, you know. Credit to them, they worked extremely hard, they hunted, they worked in packs and made it difficult for us. We were giving as good as we got, we given everything we could and it’s a tough game of football. It was another clean sheet and we’re knocking on the door.”