Man City Women urged to use Manchester derby defeat to push them to victory vs Arsenal

Man City Women urged to use Manchester derby defeat to push them to victory vs Arsenal


Manchester City manager Nick Cushing is hoping Sunday’s derby loss to Manchester United will give his players a kick up the backside ahead of their WSL meeting with Arsenal.

City fell to their first defeat of the campaign against Casey Stoney’s side in the Continental Cup group game at Leigh Sports Village and, with big games coming up for the Blues, Cushing is hopeful his team can use the loss as motivation.

“If a defeat against Manchester United in a local derby doesn’t kick you up the a*** then nothing well,” Cushing said. “When you’re a winning team and you lose it hurts because you don’t lose that often but you have to use that as fuel.”

City found themselves 1-0 down at half-time after a Katie Zelem free-kick opened the scoring but Cushing still believed his side had what it took to go and get the three points.

 

“I thought the game was there for us and I said that at half-time. I even thought when we went down to 10 the game was still there for us. I just don’t think we showed enough desire and enough will to put the ball in the back of the net,” Cushing said.

The City boss rued the second-half dismissal of Keira Walsh, who will now miss the league game against Arsenal at the weekend, but captain Steph Houghton spoke of the boost the squad has been given with injured players such as Georgia Stanway and Ellen White returning to fitness.

“It’s a massive boost (to have players back). When you lose that type of calibre of player in terms of Georgia and goals and Ellen, obviously she hasn’t played for us yet, it’s good for us to get those type of players back and it’s come at a good time as well,” Houghton said.

Next up for City is a trip to Arsenal in the league before the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid.

Houghton is confident the team can pick themselves up after the disappointment of the derby.

“It just wasn’t our day, we didn’t get the luck with some decisions from the referee and I think we need to look at ourselves and focus on being better than we were today,” Houghton added. “Of course it’s disappointing because we know we probably let ourselves down a a little bit.

“It will hurt today but all the focus in the next few days will be on Arsenal.”




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