Women's Team

Scott: Let the midfield battle commence!

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Jill Scott is relishing another competitive midfield battle against Reading when the two sides lock horns in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.

The City and England midfielder, entering her sixth year with Nick Cushing’s side, believes the Royals have proven to be one of our most difficult opponents.

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Kelly Chambers’ side – our very first opponents in professional competition after City’s relaunch in 2014 – held the Cup double winners to a costly league draw last season, and the sides have played out several topsy-turvy thrillers, especially at Adams Park.

Scott herself holds a fine record against Reading, having been directly involved in three goals in her last four games against them – and she’s eager to play another key role as Cushing’s side look to continue our impressive start to the season.

“I do actually think Reading are one of the toughest opponents we’ve faced over the years,” she said.

“They always play a very physical game and they also have technical players, who like to get the ball down.

“It’s always a good midfield battle. In recent games, Fara Williams, Brooke Chaplen, Jade Moore and Remi Allen have been on the scoresheet – they have a lot of goalscoring midfielders – and there have been a lot of goals in the fixtures.

“Hopefully, we can prevent them from scoring in the midfield areas.

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“We know we have to be on top of our game to ensure we come away with three points on Sunday.”

Heading into the encounter on the back of Thursday night’s sensational Champions League triumph over Lugano and last weekend’s historic Manchester Derby win, Scott added the squad are in fine spirits, seeking to build momentum.

“Although we’ve played and travelled in the Champions League, we’ll be rested and recovered and ready to go again,” she declared.

“From the United game, we know we have to start games better. Thursday night showed we can create chances and of course, we were very happy to have scored seven.

“We want to cap the week off with a third win. It’s important to get six points on the board so early in the season.”

With City having smashed the league’s attendance record at the Etihad Stadium in the first professional Manchester Derby, Scott also hopes those fans enjoyed what they saw enough to continue their support throughout the season, starting with next weekend’s Continental Cup group stage clash against Leicester.

“There was a moment when I drove in where I thought to myself: ‘Wow. Six years ago, we were playing at the Regional Athletics Arena in front of 200 people. Now look where we are.’

“To have had people waiting for us to go into the game at the Etihad Stadium – from a personal point of view – was a very proud moment.

“Hopefully, there will be more of those moments to come.”

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