Manchester United Women celebrate a goal against Everton in the Continental Tyres League Cup

Stoney pleased with United Women’s winning mentality

Monday 04 November 2019 17:00

Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney has praised her side’s winning mentality after our 3-0 victory over Everton in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

Goals from Lauren James, Katie Zelem and Amy Turner helped stretch United’s winning run to five games in all competitions, and make it two from two in the tournament, at Southport’s Haig Avenue.

Casey felt her team weren’t completely on top form against the Toffees, but was delighted with the defensive solidity during a tough outing on Merseyside.
“It’s a good sign that when you haven’t played well, but you come away with a 3-0 win and another clean sheet,” the boss told MUTV after the match.

“We know if we can be structurally right and keep clean sheets, it gives us chances to win the game.

“We knew we had players that could hurt them, we just needed to find the way to get them on the ball.”

As well as it being a fifth consecutive win on Sunday, the 3-0 victory was the fifth fixture in a row in which United Women have shut out the opposition.
Ahead of a tough run of fixtures for the Reds, Stoney believes the momentum her team have gathered could prove vital in the coming matches.

“It’s huge because we have got probably our toughest game next against Chelsea and they don’t get any easier [after that],” she said.

“Chelsea are a fantastic team but we go into that with confidence, as this team now knows how to find a way to win.”

The boss singled out winger Kirsty Hanson for special praise after another impressive performance against Everton, on the back of a first senior international call up for Scotland, as well as a nomination for October’s FA Women’s Player of the Month.
Kirsty Hanson enjoyed a superb afternoon against Everton and got the assist for Lauren James's opener.
“Kirsty will admit she had a bit of a dip at the back end of last season. She had university, a lot going on, a lot of stress and this year she's been able to focus completely on football.

“She’s a student of the game, she’s a person who watches the most minutes of our analysis and it’s showing now.

“I think she deserves that nomination, I think she’s deserving of a senior call up to Scotland and I think she’s just going from strength to strength.”
Amy Turner netted a rare goal for United in Sunday's victory.
Reds defender Amy Turner was perhaps an unlikely source for the third goal at Southport and afterwards, she spoke about the collective nature of the squad.

“We’re a very together team,” she told MUTV.

“We just keep driving standards in training and every week we expect better from each other. We know there’s lots of areas to improve on and we’ll do that.”

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