Jemma Purfield

We're Ready To Kick On, Says Purfield

Defender Jemma Purfield hopes LCFC Women's performance at Chelsea on Sunday can be motivational tool for the Foxes over coming months.
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- LCFC Women were beaten 2-0 by WSL champions Chelsea on Sunday
- The Foxes held out until the final few minutes at Kingsmeadow
- Defender Jemma Purfield was proud of the performance in the capital
- City must now try to kick on in all competitions, the former Liverpool star says

The Foxes arrived at Kingsmeadow, the home of the Barclays FA Women's Super League champions, without a point in the top tier, but they stood up to the challenge and held Emma Hayes' Blues until the final moments. Late goals from Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby ultimately sealed victory for the hosts.

However, Purfield, a former Liverpool and Bristol City defender, was proud of Leicester's display in the capital and believes the squad can take a lot of heart from the way they tackled the champions.

"As a team, I thought we were fantastic from start to finish," she told LCFC TV. "We played world-class players and there's a lot of positives to take moving forward into the rest of the season, so we're proud of the team and the performance. It's a credit to how far we're coming and we're ready to kick on.

"We wanted to be solid and we wanted to try and play when we got the opportunity. We did that really well. We had chances, especially in the first half. There were a couple where we opened them up and put a few crosses into the box.

"In the second half, we were defending for our lives, especially towards the end. Credit to Chelsea, they're a fantastic team, but I'm really proud of us today.

"The longer you can hold that 0-0, the more you've got a chance of winning it, or taking a point from the game. That was our aim today, so we're absolutely gutted that we couldn't do that, but there's lots of positives to take to keep moving forward."

The Foxes now have a three-week break until their next outing, a passage of time which also includes an international break, ahead of a clash with Everton at Pirelli Stadium in the Continental Tyres League Cup on 3 November. Manchester City are next in the WSL at King Power Stadium on 7 November.

"We're just going to keep working hard," Purfield added. "We've got a bit of time to regroup now with the international break coming up, but the hard work won't stop for us. We'll make sure we're ready to go for the next WSL game. The good thing about this team is that we have a lot of fight.

"We're starting to show our togetherness and I think that's massive for us. We're really excited to kick on now and we've got a lot of positives we can take."

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