Georgia Stanway is the first to admit the campaign has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Manchester City but the teenager hasn’t given up hope on clinching the FA Women’s Super League title.
City have fallen agonisingly short in the Continental Tyres Cup, the SSE Women’s FA Cup and the Champions League.
Stanway’s side also sit three points off Chelsea at the top of the league table but with three games to play, the 19-year-old is still hopeful they can chase down the Blues.
And that hunt starts with a tricky trip to Arsenal – the side which downed City in the Continental Tyres Cup final, something Stanway is keen to put right.
She said: “They got one up against us in Conti Cup but we cannot take away from the fact that we put in an amazing performance against Arsenal at the start of the season. That 5-2 win was unbelievable.
“We need to do what we can to put us in the best possible position. We go into the game knowing that it’s going to be tough.
“We’ve not given up on the title but Chelsea are an unbelievable team.
“They’ve done well in the league but so have we and we have to keep pushing and make sure we don’t take our foot off the gas in the last three games.”
A 1-0 defeat to Liverpool in the week was a bitter pill to swallow for Nick Cushing’s side but despite the recent setback, Stanway refuses to look at the season in a negative light.
The forward said: “I don’t think there’s frustration. I think if you look back over the years we’ve had an unbelievable few seasons.
“This season we’ve gone far in all three cup competitions and you can’t take that away from us. We’ve had our ups and downs but that’s all part of the journey.
“This season has been a rollercoaster to remember but we’re here and we’re enjoying our football and we want to put things right with our final three matches to end the season on a high.
“We’re aware of how to put things right and how to review things. It’s all part of the learning process of this team. There’s a huge support element.”
This is Stanway’s third campaign for City during which she’s netted eight goals in 16 appearances, the second highest behind Nikita Parris.
The England U-19 international has been proud of her development and hopes to continue her upward trajectory at the club.
She added: “I’m happy with my displays so far. I’ve still got three games to go so I won’t review myself fully just yet but so far, I’m happy. I’m happy to get goals and support the team and help the team out whenever I’m needed.
“I feel myself progressing. When I joined I wasn’t confident and on the pitch, I wasn’t as confident in what I was doing but I think that’s what City has put into me.
“They’ve given me confidence and improved me in every area on and off the pitch and I’m very thankful for that.”
Saturday 12th May
FA WSL 1
Arsenal v Manchester City (Boreham Wood FC, 12.15)
Chelsea v Sunderland (Kingsmeadow Stadium, 7.45pm – BBC Red Button & online)
Reading v Liverpool (Reading FC, 2pm)
Yeovil v Bristol City (Taunton Town FC, 12:00)
FA WSL 2
London Bees v Sheffield (Barnet FC, 4pm)
Sunday 13th May
FA WSL 1
Everton v Birmingham (Marine FC, 2pm)
FA WSL 2
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (Tamworth FC, 2pm)
Durham v Brighton & Hove Albion (Durham City FC, 12:00)
Millwall Lionesses v Doncaster Rovers Belles (St Pauls Sports Ground, 2pm)
Oxford United v Watford (Oxford City FC, 3pm)
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