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Aston Villa v Millwall Lionesses FA WSL 2 preview

10 July 2015

Mlinar: 'We're desperate to get back in action.'

Millwall Lionesses return to FA WSL 2 action following their mid-season break with a tough trip to Aston Villa this Sunday (2pm) - and the game can't come quiclyk enough for Dan Mlinar's team.

"We have had a really good summer," said boss Dan. "We held our Girls Centre of Excellence trials and had so many extra girls coming along because of the success of the England Women's team at the World Cup. It has had a fantastically positive impact on the game here.

"We have been desperate to start playing again because we really want to jump on the back of the World Cup and the enthusiasm that has generated and get as many people along to support Millwall Lionesses as possible."

Having started the WSL 2 campaign at a pace when they recorded a seven game unbeaten run, the Lionesses went into the mid-season break on the back of successive defeats at the hands of Reading and London Bees.

"We got beaten by Reading, who were top of the table, and had no complaints about that," added Dan, "But the loss against London Bees was really disappointing because we should be looking to take points off teams like that.

"Villa are going to be tough this Sunday, but we will be going there champing at the bit. The squad have worked tremendously hard these last few weeks, especially on play in the final third of the pitch. We have focused a lot on attacking play in training and hope that bears fruit in the second half of the season, with a bit more creativity and cutting edge about our play."

Mlinar's only injury concern is Lily Agg, who is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness with a hamstring injury.

Lionesses squad:  Quantrill, Gibbs, Cowan, Strugnell, Cowan, Cole, Butler, Lennon, Carlton, Sherwood, Ali, Maple, Bilson, Hincks, Babajide, Goss.

Full list of Millwall Lionesses fixtures and ticket information can be found here

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