Manchester City manager Nick Cushing has only got three weeks left in charge. He’s on his farewell tour after announcing a move to be assistant manager at New York City FC.
And it’s off to a brilliant start as City ran away 3-1 winners over Everton on Saturday.
Pauline Bremer scored a brace as City keep up pressure on Chelsea and Arsenal.
“We are pushing Pauline hard, we know that she can improve,” Cushing said.Embed from Getty Images
“To score two goals in two consecutive games is fantastic for us. We can’t complain.
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“We’ve not really had a dominating striker that has pushed us hard in the last six seasons and now we’ve got two. We’re in a really good place.”
City had a plethora of chances in the first half but Everton got the game going — hitting the post in the opening 16 seconds.
“We should have been more than 1-0 up at half-time,” the City manager said.
“We pushed them hard at half-time to turn their chances into goals. I’m pleased with the win because Everton are a good team.”
Moving to New York
On Thursday, it was announced that Nick Cushing would be leaving Manchester City to pursue an opportunity in the MLS.
He is leaving after City face Arsenal at the Academy Stadium on February 2.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a great opportunity but I don’t think the time will ever be right for me to leave this team,” said Cushing. “I don’t define this team, the players over the years that have worked incredibly hard and the staff that we have here are the reason we have been so successful.
“We’ve done a lot of good things here and I’ve been a part of that. I’ve met a lot of great people.
“I’m proud of how many games we’ve won, I’m proud of the trophies that I’ve won.”
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Cushing has won six trophies in his time at Manchester City. A league title, two FA Cups and three Conti Cup victories.Embed from Getty Images
“Thursday was a difficult day and it was a bit of a shock to the team,” the 35-year-old said. “They went out and trained Thursday and Friday and got the intensity up and listened to how they were going to beat Everton.”
Ellie Roebuck was unlucky not to keep her ninth clean sheet of the WSL season when City faced Everton.
It was all undone when Georgia Stanway scored an own-goal in the dying moments of the game.
Regardless, Roebuck remains one of the best goalkeepers in the league and is going from strength to strength as City’s number one.
“Ellie can achieve whatever she wants in this game,” Cushing said about the 20-year-old goalkeeper. “In 2017, we lost the Conti Cup final to Arsenal at Wycombe and Ellie played in the game.Embed from Getty Images
“We said to Ellie, ‘We’ve only lost one final and you played in the goal, so you’ve not played any part in the trophies that we’ve won.’
“You have to create your own story and you have to make sure that you are earning it.
“She can be the England number one for sure but she has to make sure that she works incredibly hard to stay fit to stay focused to keep the ball out the goal to use her feet.”
Manchester City face Sheffield United in the Continental Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.