City picked up our third win in a week with a fine 3-0 triumph at Aston Villa on Saturday, increasing our scoring tally for the week to 14 without reply.
Speaking to mancity.com after the game, the Head Coach expressed his satisfaction for the manner of the victory and the quality of goals scored, as well as the way his team handled the challenging circumstances of a delayed kick-off due to the wintry weather.
“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s not an easy place to come and we had a few issues with the pitch, which pushes kick-off back.
“It’s difficult. You prepare and you’re ready and all of a sudden, if it’s off you’re really disappointed. You build-up for days getting ready.
“We’ve had a tough period of three games in six games, especially on the back of a break.
“Fortunately, we’ve been scoring goals – that’s 14 and three clean sheets, which is really impressive – and that allowed us to manage players’ loads, which is important going into another heavy period. We had to be careful but it was good.
“We scored the early goal, which was nice and settled everyone. Villa played differently to what we expected – we thought they’d sit off and make it difficult with the block but they kept coming out until the final minute.
“That was good because it allowed us to play out way and there were some really good sequences and we scored some really good goals.
“The second goal was brilliant. The movement was good – Lucy arriving between the pockets, a good forward run and a good pass to find Ellen - and Vicky finished it off. It was a fantastic goal and really pleasing.”
Hear Gareth's post-match thoughts, including his praise for two-goal Georgia Stanway and the latest team news, in the video above...
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