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Stanway sets sights on ‘big' season

Georgia Stanway says City are aiming to achieve something ‘big’ this season.

The England star started the 2020/21 campaign in fine form, bagging a brace in our 2-0 opening day victory over Aston Villa, pouncing on two defensive mistakes.

The PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year nominee was delighted to kick off the new campaign with a double but says she has her sights on more than just goals.

“Hopefully, we’ll achieve something big this year,” she said.

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“It was good to get back out there and get going with the girls.

“It wasn’t our best performance but if you’d have offered us 2-0, we’d have taken it.

“Getting back into it, there can be nerves for the first game of the season – it’s on TV and we’re playing in a big stadium, on a good pitch.

“We haven’t played for a long time. It can take a few weeks to get your rhythm.

“I’m definitely disappointed not to have had a hat-trick! The two I scored were generous and I probably should have had 100!

“Hopefully, next week, I’ll put my shooting boots on!

“It’s a good start and hopefully, we’ll build from there.”

The triumph also marked new Head Coach Gareth Taylor’s first league game in charge and Stanway added the team are already experiencing the benefits of his stewardship – and the new faces recruited over the summer.

“Every manager is different in how they get their point across – how they want us to play,” she reflected.

“It’s exciting to see Gareth instil new things and we have new players.

“Chloe [Kelly] and Sam [Mewis] have brought experience. Chloe had an unbelievable year at Everton and hopefully, she can bring that in here – she has creativity and pace and finishes well.

“Sam has won the biggest prize you can as a footballer and she brings experience and presence on the pitch and that will help us a lot.

“It’s just exciting to get going and to see what we can achieve this season.”

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