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Casey Stoney.

Stoney: We'll need to up our level once again

Our next game is against Leicester City and, having played them relatively recently, our mentality will be key.

The game at Farley Way Stadium is fresh in the memory so we need to make sure we don’t think it’ll be exactly the same in terms of the scoreline and the way we played that day.

Our second-half performance at Leicester was particularly impressive – we moved the ball well and exploited their weaknesses – but we’re prepared for a different game plan from Jonathan Morgan and his team, with the possibility of them banking up to try to stop us playing through them. We will need to up our level once again to get the win.

Goals: United Women score seven at LeicesterVideo

It was great to be able to get some consistency in our performances last month, and a bit of momentum by having a run of games so close together. We attacked well in all our February fixtures and could have scored more than we did if we’d been more ruthless in front of goal.

But it was a really positive spell for us and the clean sheets in our last three matches were really pleasing. If we get the structure right behind the ball it always gives us a chance of winning the game.
This game comes on the back of an international break so our preparation has been slightly different. 

We’ve had to manage the returning players, and assess how they’ve recovered from long flights and playing lots of minutes. We’ve had the luxury of having 10 players still here, though, meaning we’ve been able to work on the finer details with them. We’ve also been able to give them some time off, so they’ll be coming into this game fresh.
Alex Greenwood in action for England.
Alex Greenwood was a SheBelieves Cup winner with England recently.

March is going to be a huge month for us, finishing off with a fixture against Tottenham away. Every week is massive because we can’t afford to drop points. The league game against Leicester is as important as Charlton in a couple of weeks and the Spurs match at the end of the month.

Spurs keep finding a way to win, which is a sign of a good side. Our aim is to go into that game on the last day of the month in a position where we’re high on confidence because we’ve picked up six points from our two previous Championship fixtures, starting right here.

Casey was speaking to Manchester United Women’s official match programme – pick up your free copy at the Leicester City game on Sunday (kick-off 12:00 GMT at Leigh Sports Village).

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