Cushing wary of Everton

Manchester City boss Nick Cushing has warned his side they face a tough test against a “desperate” Everton on Sunday.

The Toffees sit bottom of the league and have yet to win a WSL 1 game this term, having drawn four and lost six, and face the threat of relegation unless results improve.

Meanwhile, City have stormed into the final of The Continental Cup in their maiden season as a club and are looking set for a mid-table finish.

Everton v Manchester City

The FA WSL 1
2pm, Sunday 21 September 2014
Select Security Stadium
By Jamie Holt

Despite the contrasting fortunes between the clubs, Cushing insists that Everton’s situation should be taken into account when they visit the Select Security Stadium this weekend.

“The Everton game will probably be the toughest game of the season for us. If you look purely on league positions you would say that it daft, but Everton will be fighting for points,” said Cushing.

“As they get ever closer to the end of the season they will be desperate for a win.

“Everton won’t go the whole season without winning a game, I’m sure of that; we just have to make sure it’s not against us.”

The final of the Continental Cup against Arsenal is lying in wait in mid-October, but Cushing admits they must focus on WSL matters in the meantime.

“Getting to the final is a good reward for our form of late, the team has been playing some very good stuff for most of the season,” added Cushing.

“From January 1 when we met up the improvement I have seen has been great, and the final is nothing short of what they deserve.

“At the start of the season I didn’t expect us to get to a final, I was under no illusions because it’s tough to go and win trophies straight away.

“But we’ve improved and gelled as the season has gone on, and we’ve realised success was possible. We’ve just been a bit inconsistent in terms of our league form, and that is reflected in our league position. The league is our immediate focus, starting with Everton.”

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