Laura Coombs says she feels ‘incredibly lucky’ to be playing alongside strikers the calibre of Pauline Bremer and Ellen White.

The midfielder netted her first goal for City in Wednesday night’s Continental Cup quarter-final victory over Sheffield United, with Bremer bagging a hat-trick to continue her sensational goalscoring form.

A frustrating injury towards the end of 2019 forced Coombs to wait her turn for gametime. Awarded a rare start in City colours at the Proact Stadium, the 28-year-old was delighted to make a positive impact in a bid to stake a claim for more regular minutes.

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“It feels pretty good (to have scored my first City goal),” she smiled.

“Playing higher up, I thought I’d maybe get a few chances so I’m delighted.

“You have to take your chances when you get them. I felt I couldn’t miss that one – it was put on a plate for me – but it was good and hopefully, there are more chances to come.

“I feel sharp and training with these guys everyday keeps you at the top of your game and ready whenever called upon.

“Most players wish to play with players like that (Bremer and White). I feel incredibly lucky.

“Pauline is on fire! Every time she gets the ball, she creates a chance. She’s even trying overhead kicks now!

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“We need to keep providing her, keep feeding her.

“They’re really great to work with and incredibly top players.”

Reflecting on the quarter-final encounter against the Championship high-flyers, Coombs admitted City struggled to break down the Blades early on – an experience which could prove beneficial, as Nick Cushing’s side chase a domestic treble.

While title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea lock horns this weekend, City face a tricky trip to Birmingham but the midfielder believes the midweek win provides the ideal preparation.

“It was tough,” she said. “They sat in and made life difficult for us.

“We took a little while to work out the best route of attack but all in all, it was a good performance from the team.

“Birmingham might play a similar way. If they do, definitely (it will be useful). We’ll have to see on Sunday.

“I’m hoping they’ll come out and play a bit more but if they do sit, we’ll have to find the same ways as we did against Sheffield United.”