London City Lionesses’ interim head coach Nikita Runnacles says that latest opponents Sheffield United will bring plenty of grit and determination with them to Princes Park this weekend.

The Pride take on The Blades in Dartford on Sunday afternoon. London City Lionesses are in need of three points to help boost their promotion push while Sheffield United need a result which would go some way to eliminating any remaining relegation fears.

The fixture will be just the second for new Sheffield United head coach Jonathan Morgan but opposite number Runnacles expects The Blades to bring their usual grit and determination to Princes Park this weekend.

“Sheffield United have always had the intensity, the grit and the determination,” Runnacles said when speaking to FAWSL Full-Time. “That was exactly the same against Palace last weekend.

“We have reviewed and reflected on what that means for us, how we deal with that with them coming to us. They need the points as much as we do, it is just two different situations. It is about counteracting what their strengths are and bringing our own to the game. We need to do everything that we can to focus on ourselves and come away with three points.”

London City Lionesses’ fixture against Sheffield United starts a run of three consecutive home matches for The Pride, something which could provide some benefit for the Dartford-based club.

“In this block of five games, we have four home games,” Runnacles said. “We enjoy playing at Princes Park, we enjoy having the fans in the gate, it just adds to the atmosphere and excitement in what could be deemed as the most important block, although we will be saying the same thing for the next block.

“It is great to get a run of three homes games consistently. We know the stadium, we know the pitch and we know how we can perform on it.”

London City Lionesses’ Barclays Women’s Championship fixture against Sheffield United is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Tickets remain on-sale and can be purchased by clicking here.

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