- Manager Jonathan Morgan speaks following LCFC Women's promotion to the Barclays FA Women's Super League
- The Foxes have won the FA Women's Championship title with two league games remaining
- Morgan describes the magnitude of the achievement to the Club's women's team squad
- Focus is now on ensuring the side enjoy a successful end to the season, Morgan adds
City have won their last 12 games in the FA Women's Championship, contributing to an overall record of 15 wins from 18 outings, while they have also netted a league-high 50 goals this term, earning a goal difference of +35, on their way to being crowned champions.
Last Sunday's 2-0 victory over London City Lionesses was enough to confirm their promotion to the top tier of women's football in England and, speaking following the celebrations, Morgan discussed the sense of pride he now feels.
"It’s a fantastic feeling," he told LCFC TV at Belvoir Drive, LCFC Women's training ground. "I’ve only just really started to process it to be honest. I now understand the magnitude of the achievement we’ve all achieved together.
"Now, it’s all settled in and it’s now starting to hit home and I’m now starting to think: ‘Yes, we’re champions and we’re going into the WSL’. It’s everything I’ve dreamed of as a coach in the female game, to get to the elite of the game, and we’re now there."
LCFC Women: FA Women's Championship Champions
LCFC Women are the winners of the FA Women's Championship and will participate in the Barclays FA Women's Super League next season!
The scenes of jubilation which greeted Leicester's win over London City earlier this month demonstrated what the achievement means to the Club's players as they look forward to testing their qualities against some of the best players in the world.
"The celebrations were great," Morgan added. "The girls were happy, they were dancing, and we had a bit of pizza afterwards. It was nice and low key and we’re back in training this week. It's been a good week. I did say to girls: ‘Make sure you live in the moment and remember this’.
"You don’t want it to turn into a memory without living it and the girls, in fairness, have done that. They’ve been so much fun these last couple of days. There’s been lots of laughter, lots of jokes, lots of banter, lots of reminiscing about the season up until this day, so we’ve tried to get some football in now.
"We’re allowing the girls and staff to enjoy it but we’ve got our next game against Liverpool and we’ll hit the ground running again and focus on what’s ahead for us."
That encounter with Liverpool is a Vitality Women's FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday (2pm BST kick-off) and Morgan offered an insight into Leicester's ambition in the competition.
We want to finish the season on a high, with momentum, not allowing us to switch off after we won the league. We want to keep the positivity for as long as possible.Jonathan Morgan LCFC TV
"It’s big for us, the FA Cup," he continued. "We got to the quarter-finals of last season’s FA Cup, so this year, we want to go better than that. We think there’s a real opportunity with the form we’re in.
"But we’ve got to make sure we’re back to normal, our feet are firmly grounded again, and the reality is Liverpool are going to want to come and beat us.
"We’ve beat them twice this season so far and they were both very close games, so they’ll fancy their chances against us, but we’ve just got do what we’ve done this season. We’ll do our research, do our homework on the team, and work hard in training. Then we can always feel confident in the game."
City now have an opportunity to extend their league winning run to 14 games with fixtures against Lewes Women and Charlton Athletic Ladies still to come. While they've already broken the record, Morgan says there is a real desire to build on it, while also helping some players achieve individual success.
LCFC Women 2 London City Lionesses 0
Extended highlights from Farley Way Stadium as consecutive win no.12 sealed promotion to the Barclays FA Women's Super League!
"That’s probably the most important part of it," he said. "We want to finish the season on a high, with momentum, not allowing us to switch off after we won the league. We want to keep the positivity for as long as possible.
"Like I said, we want to keep this record of consecutive wins in the Championship going.
"We’d like to get to 14. On top of that, you’ve got Kirstie [Levell], who’s in the running for the Golden Glove and Tash [Flint] running for the Golden Boot, so there’s a few individual accolades that we want to support the players in getting.
"Nothing will be taken for granted and we’ll keep working hard and keep looking forward to the future. We’ll enjoy the moment, but it’s time to crack on again and get those victories."
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