Manchester City Women return to FA Super League action this weekend with a trip to Meadow Lane.

The last time Nick Cushing's side faced Notts County, the Blues left it very late indeed to snatch all three points and kick off the new league campaign on a high.

The defining moment arrived in injury time as captain Steph Houghton curled home a free-kick to spark jubilant celebrations and ignite an impressive winning streak which lifted the Blues top of the league.

Reflecting on the triumph, she hailed her side's character and spirit.

"I'm absolutely buzzing for all of the girls," she smiled. "We could easily have got frustrated but playing with the philosophy we have, it was important we stuck to what we know and how we play every single week.

"We're so glad to get the three points. We always fight to the end. The girls are fantastic in terms of being patient.

"We knew Notts were going to come, bank up and make things frustrating for us but we've got quality in the side and with the tempo we play, we create so many chances.

"I'd had a similar free-kick earlier in the game, which I was disappointed with, and I remember Toni shouting to me to get it on target!

"I knew I had to get it over the wall and I was thrilled to see it go in the back of the net."

She continued: "It was important that we started off with a win. We started last season slowly and we know that if we want to compete in this league, sometimes we might have to win a bit ugly or by leaving it late.

"Credit to Notts, they put everyone behind the ball, fought to the end and put bodies on the line but we showed our class and showed how we can perform. Hopefully, that's a sign of champions!"

City sit atop the WSL table by a single point but with a game in hand over rivals Chelsea.


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Fans can secure their seat for all remaining FA WSL, Continental Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League home games, as Nick Cushing’s side look to continue their fine form in the second half of the 2016 season.

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