Man City comeback win ends Blues’ 100% start

Women’s Super League highlights: Birmingham 2-3 Manchester City

Manchester City staged a spirited second-half comeback from 2-0 down to end Birmingham City’s 100% winning start in the Women’s Super League.

Blues led with a bizarre own goal as Abbie McManus’ 50-yard backpass caught out visiting goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

Meaghan Sergeant’s header made it 2-0 after half-time.

Caroline Weir’s deflected effort and Nikita Parris’ low finish drew Man City level before Tessa Wullaert’s deflected strike completed the turnaround.

The victory came just four days after Manchester City’s early exit from the Women’s Champions League at the hands of Spanish title holders Atletico Madrid.

And, when 2-0 down after 49 minutes, Nick Cushing’s side had appeared set to add to their disappointing week.

But their three goals in the space of 19 minutes stunned an otherwise impressive Birmingham, who had won all of their previous three league games this term by a 1-0 margin.

Having started the day level with Arsenal – and with the Gunners not playing on Sunday – a draw would have sent the hosts top of the table, and they nearly equalised late on when Lucy Staniforth struck the post.

But the visitors, who also hit the woodwork themselves with Weir’s curling second-half free-kick and had seen Parris’ close-range effort cleared off the line by Staniforth in the first half, were thrilled as their dramatic second win of the WSL campaign kept up their unbeaten start.

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Birmingham City boss Marc Skinner:

“I’m disappointed in the result obviously, but more the performance. We need to be more mature in controlling the game once you’re up in it. That’s something we’ll definitely work on.

“I have very, very high standards and I still don’t think we met them. Even though we went 2-0 up, it was a fortunate goal.

“I want to win things. It’s my nature. We’re competitive and we’re ambitious. This will hurt, but it’ll make us stronger for the next game.”

Manchester City boss Nick Cushing:

“I have never questioned the spirit of the team. Today it doesn’t surprise me that, once we had the performance and we had the control of the game, we would create opportunities. It’s a good win in the end.

“There’s been a bit of illness, so the squad is light, but we’ve built a squad this year that is probably the most balanced we’ve had.

“That means when you do get a mini [injury] crisis, you can rely on the other players and maybe just shift the system a little bit. The team that went out today showed what a good team we are.”


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