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Mel Johnson reflects on first Blades goals

16 September 2020

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Forward Mel Johnson scored her first goals for Sheffield United in Sunday's home draw against FA Women's Championship rivals Leicester City.

The two sides sat first and second in the table respectively after the opening round of games, and the Foxes proved the test the Blades expected after increased investment during the off-season.

After trailing to Millie Farrow's early goal, Johnson fired home her first two goals in red and white and it looked like a big three points were assured until a late penalty gave the visitors a chance to snatch a point.

"It's a mixed feeling," said Johnson of the result and her own individual performance. "I'm really happy to score and get off the mark here at home, but ultimately I'm disappointed with the result."

Johnson's first came after sustained pressure from Neil Redfearn's side saw midfielder Sophie Walton hit the crossbar, before the former Foxes striker found the top corner with a superb strike to draw the team level.

"We worked hard to get ourselves back in the game. Kasia [Lipka] made a nice pass to me and once we were back in the game we started to control the game a bit more.

"Once we took the lead I think we were unlucky not to take the three points, but I'm proud of the girls and how we stuck together. It was a good performance but we're disappointed not to take the three points."

The striker's first goal in particular was worth waiting for, as she ran onto Lipka's through ball and fired past Leicester goalkeeper Kirstie Levell from outside the box.

"The pass for my first from Kasia was good, I just knew to shoot early across goal and thankfully it went in.

"It was a good game. We had half chances which we didn't take, but when we did go in front I thought we were quite comfortable."

The result still leaves United top of the Championship after two games and there's now a brief international break before the Blades play at home once again on Sunday 27th September against London Bees.

With Leicester facing fellow promotion hopefuls Liverpool, it provides a chance for the Blades to gain an early advantage should they take home another three points.

"Leicester are a good team but we hope to go on a bit of a run now. We're still unbeaten and we're still positive. There's a lot of good teams in this league but it's still early days and we've just got to look at the next game and build on what we've done so far."

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