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Bronze: We took the game by the scruff of the neck

GOLDEN GIRL: Lucy Bronze scores the goal to give City the equaliser against Birmingham in our Spring Series match up

GOLDEN GIRL: Lucy Bronze scores the goal to give City the equaliser against Birmingham in our Spring Series match up

Lucy Bronze scored the vital goal that earned City a point in their match against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

And the defender, who was named Player of the Match, was happy to get a point against the Midlanders but says she was disappointed to fall a goal behind in the first instance. 

Emily Westwood converted from a corner kick to put Birmingham ahead in the FA Cup final dress rehearsal but a spirited and determined fight back saw City equalise 57 minutes into the match.

“It’s a good thing that we can come back into games when the first half isn’t what we expect form ourselves and going a goal down is tough," Bronze said. 

“We took the game by the scruff of the neck and went for the throat. That’s what a lot of our players like to do.

“To show that we can come back and change the way we play and bring a bit of energy and resilience back into our game is something that we can hang our hats.”

This season’s PFA Player of the Year also gave her thoughts on Birmingham as a team and what they were able to do to get into the position they were in going into the second half of the match.

“They wanted it more than us, they were calmer on the ball," she said. "All respect to Birmingham because they did well in the first half and we need to step up and play the full 90 minutes as we did in the second half.

“I think we need to start games better I think the second half we did a lot better, we kept the ball, we weren’t as sloppy, we defended better, we were tighter to them.”

Lucy knows that the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley will be a different story to what played out at the Academy Stadium and is excited about another clash with the Midlands side.

“We have two games now where everyone’s got a chance to get back into the team and everyone’s got a chance to perform well to get a chance to play at Wembley.

“But ultimately we need to win games because we want to win the Spring Series.”

Lucy Bronze and co will be back in action on the weekend for our next Spring Series match away against Reading on Sunday May 7.

Match Report

Man City Women 1-1 Birmingham

ON TARGET: Lucy Bronze

The FA Women's Cup Final dress rehearsal ended all-square as Man City Women were held by Birmingham City Ladies in an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Academy Stadium.

How it played out...

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Cushing: Let’s get the winning feeling back

CUSHING: City's manager reacts to the victory over Hjorring in the Champions League quarter-final first leg

Nick Cushing has urged Man City Women to respond to their Champions League exit at the earliest opportunity – against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

The Blues welcome their fellow FA Cup finalists to the Academy Stadium, having narrowly missed out on a place in the European final with a 3-2 aggregate defeat to reigning champions Lyon.

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Houghton: I’m so proud of this Club

SKIPPER: Steph Houghton leads the team out in Lyon

Steph Houghton spoke of her pride for Man City Women’s incredible achievement in the Champions League.

Nick Cushing’s side reached the semi-finals in their maiden campaign in Europe, falling to a 3-2 aggregate defeat to title-holders Lyon but emerging victorious in France with a 1-0 win.