- LCFC Women sealed a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday
- Ashleigh Plumptre and Natasha Flint found the net for the Foxes, to open up a three-point lead at the summit
- Manager Jonathan Morgan was enthused by the resilience on display, especially in the latter stages
- Morgan believes that success could have a positive influence on the squad ahead of a big month
Defender Ashleigh Plumptre's first goal for City was followed by forward Natasha Flint's 13th effort this season, either side of a Katie Wilkinson free-kick for the Blades, to wrap up a ninth league win.
Following Thursday's Continental League Cup Quarter-Final tie at Crystal Palace, the Foxes travel to third-placed Liverpool next Sunday, before also facing Durham, currently in second, in February.
Ahead of a potentially decisive few weeks for LCFC Women, manager Morgan was delighted to get off to a perfect start in 2021, extending their winning run in the league to six matches.
"Today was a massive game against a title rival," he told LCFC TV. "It was really important that we did pick up three points and not drop any because it would just give the other teams impetus.
"We worked hard this week in training. We set up a certain way which we knew would be a struggle for Sheffield United and thankfully the tactics we worked on came out on the pitch.
We obviously keep one eye out for the other results and it’s nice to get some breathing room, but next week it could all be different again.Jonathan Morgan LCFC TV
"The girls were ready for what they threw at us. All we can keep doing is taking one game at a time, picking up our points, and hopefully teams around us drop points.
"I don’t think this season’s anywhere near done yet. Durham, Liverpool and Sheffield United will all have a big say in this, but all we can do is keep focusing on ourselves.
"We obviously keep one eye out for the other results and it’s nice to get some breathing room, but next week it could all be different again.
"We just go back to the drawing board, keep professional, keep working hard, and keep our feet on the ground and then we’ll see where it takes us."
With 13 minutes to play, up stepped Flint to edge City in front against a stubborn Blades outfit, and Morgan praised the entire side for their resilience at Farley Way Stadium.
"Their manager made some very, very good subs which had an impact on the game," he added.
"We anticipated that was going to happen, but Tash scoring the goal with about 10 minutes to go really took a little bit out of them after they equalised.
"I’m really pleased with the girls because it does show resilience and that they can fight in tough circumstances. Sheffield United were a tough, tough team today. I predict they’ll still have a very good season."
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