Women's Team

Cushing hails versatile Beckie

TEAM PLAYER: Cushing praised Beckie's willingness to help the team.
Manchester City Women's manager Nick Cushing has expressed his delight at being able to work with Janine Beckie.

The Canadian international has played in every Women’s Super League match so far this season.

The 25-year-old has starred in the first half of the season and despite being a natural winger, she has been used by Cushing as a full-back on multiple occasions. 

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The boss feels that her versatility and willingness to adapt is so valuable to the team.

"The good thing about Janine is she wants to learn,” said Cushing. “We asked her to do a role for the team and play as a right-back rather than a right winger, but that we would adjust the tactics to make sure she had the ability to be offensive. 

“If the team dominates the game and push the opposition back, then we get her playing like a winger. If we don’t, we have to hope she can do a job at full-back. 

“The best of Janine is she is willing to do it,” Cushing continued. “She is someone I thoroughly enjoy working with because she wants to learn, and we go out on the training pitch and work hard.” 

Cushing’s side are the second in the Super League table and are also the second highest scorers in the division, netting 24 times in ten matches. 

Pauline Bremer has found the net five times but Cushing is delighted to see the league goals coming from a number of players in the team, with Caroline Weir, Ellen White, Georgia Stanway and Tessa Wullaert all scoring three times so far.

“We’ve had that all season. White and Bremer are pushing each other,” he said. “When one scores the other one scores. 

“Stanway and Wullaert have been playing in that position off the striker and they’ve both been consistently scoring. Lauren Hemp’s contributing with goals and we’ve also had Steph Houghton and Gemma Bonner scoring. 

“It shows we’ve got goals in the team,” he admitted. “Maybe my job is to push Stanway and Wullaert or Bremer and White to start adding two and three goals to their game.”

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