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Roebuck: I have to produce when it matters

JUMPING FOR JOY: What a Manchester derby win means to Ellie Roebuck.

JUMPING FOR JOY: What a Manchester derby win means to Ellie Roebuck.

Ellie Roebuck believes it’s vital she remains at the top of her game when her outfield team-mates are not firing on all cylinders.

The 19-year-old was one of the standout performers in our season opener against Manchester United and produced a fine reflex save to deny Jane Ross from seven yards.

It was a match-winning moment that came in a first half in which City were under pressure from the visitors and it’s in those situations that Roebuck feels she must show her quality.

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“In those moments you want to help the team,” she said after the 1-0 victory.

“We know we weren’t good enough in the first half, that was clear. Credit to Manchester United, they really put us on the back foot.

“If I’ve not had a shot to save I think it’s brilliant because it means the team are playing well, but I need to be able to produce when it’s going wrong.

“If I can keep building on these performances it’s only going to help the team and that’s the main thing."

JOB DONE: A passionate celebration from Ellie Roebuck.

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The England international’s exploits ensured City went in level at the break, but disappointed with the performance.

Half-time was therefore an opportunity to regroup, though Roebuck admits Nick Cushing did not have to read the riot act.

“We knew it wasn’t good enough by our standards," she explained.

"We were honest about that. It didn’t need strong words because we knew ourselves.

"The performances we put in against Atletico Madrid and North Carolina, that’s our level, so we knew we had to sort it out.

“The tactics were in place, we’d prepared well throughout the week and Nick had given us the game plan. We just needed to go out and deliver that and in the second half we did.”

Delivering on the game plan ensured City won the first Manchester derby of the professional era in front of a record-breaking FA WSL crowd of more than 31 thousand.

And Roebuck believes the impact of the support should not be underestimated, as she felt the home fans helped the team get over the line in the second half.

“As the saying goes, the city is ours,” added the Sheffield native. "That’s what they say where I’m from.

“That was for the fans because they came in their numbers. 31 thousand is incredible.

“They were influential. The atmosphere helped us turn the screw.”

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