Alan Mahon Hails ‘Professional’ City

New Manchester City boss Alan Mahon makes it two wins from two games following the victory over Bristol City last week.

The Citizens beat fourth-tier Ipswich Town 10-0 on Sunday to reach the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.

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Mahon’s side will either face Leicester City or Reading in the last eight.

“We went about our business professionally and didn’t take it lightly,” Mahon said. “We prepped well for the game today against Ipswich because they have been doing well in their league.

“I wanted to give some players games and I was really proud of them, especially the young ones. It was a good day for us, we worked hard and got the result.”

City scored seven second-half goals to take their tally for the game all the way up to double digits.

“We could have had more,” said Mahon. “In fairness to the girls, they scored their chances in the second half.

“For the likes of Jess Park, it was a big step up for her, to be as composed as she was today I was really proud.”

Park was one of three City players to score a hat-trick in the game, along with Pauline Bremer and Georgia Stanway. The latter started the game at centre-half before being moved up front after the introduction of Matilde Fidalgo.

“Jess [Park] is a top player and she will go on to be a top, top player. This is the start of her career and it is a really good day for her,” Mahon said about the 18-year-old Park.

“This week we’ve had a couple of injuries and we wanted to manage the game.

“[Georgia] Stanway is a top young player who could adapt and play there [at centre-half]. Those are the tactics that we worked on the last couple of days. Then we put her up top, which is where she’s used to, and then she shows you why.”

City are looking to retain the trophy they won last season. They beat West Ham in the final at Wembley, completing a domestic cup double.

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“It’s an iconic trophy and you want to be a part of it and you want to win it. Whoever comes out of the hat tomorrow, we’ll prep right for. I only focus on the next game.”

In the meantime, City have a gargantuan clash with title rivals, Chelsea, to look forward to. The two sides square-off at the Academy Stadium on Sunday.

“It’s a massive game,” Mahon said. “Chelsea are a top team, we are a top team. These are the games that you have to win.

“We have to hold ourselves accountable on the day and try and get the result.

“I’ve been here for a while now and it’s not about me trying to be clever. We’ll just continue with the exact process that we have for prep for next Sunday.”