Cushing pleased with City Women’s progress despite lack of wins and goals

Manchester City’s Women have now finished the first half of the WSL season and many will have expected them to have more than just the solitary league win under their belts. 

Nick Cushing’s side have played five games but have only managed to pick up five points, scoring three goals in total in the league.

Away from the league City reached the semi-final of the FA Women’s Cup, but unfortunately lost out to Chelsea to miss out on a place at Wembley.

And despite poor results so far this season Cushing believes the Blues have been close in every game.

He said: “We can learn off a lot of good experiences and can work on these.

 “So the second part of the season we can come back stronger and we will be more of a force in this league.”

But there are positives to take into the break and that is that five City players have been picked to go to Canada for the Women’s World Cup.

Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, captain Steph Houghton, right-back Lucy Bronze, central-midfielder Jill Scott and forward Toni Duggan.

City are currently sixth in the league and have massively struggled with goals but England striker Duggan isn’t concerned.

She scored her first goal of the season against Chelsea on the last game before the break and said: “I felt a bit rusty in the first few games as predicted, it’s nice to get off the mark in the league.

“I’m feeling a lot sharper, the confidence is building and with that comes goals.“We’ve got a great squad now and we’ve used every player and you know they’ve all played their part.”

Cushing is also glad that Duggan finished the season on a high and said: “We are glad that she (Duggan) finished on a positive.

“Toni will always judge her performances on how many goals she scores so today she will be happy, but she should be happy because played really well as well.”

Good news for the team heading into the second part of the season is that at England captain Steph Houghton has signed a new contract, which will keep her at the club until the end of 2017.

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