Man City youngster reveals “huge” lessons experienced international duo are handing on

Manchester City defensive starlet Esme Morgan has praised two of her defensive team mates and revealed the “huge” lessons she is learning from them both.

Esme Morgan battles for possession. Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Esme Morgan battles for possession. Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Esme Morgan battles for possession. Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Morgan was excellent at right back in her side’s impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend as Manchester City blew the WSL title race wide open at the Academy Stadium.

Goalscorers Filippa Angeldahl and Lauren Hemp took the headlines with two sumptuous strikes but the 22-year-old Lionesses defender also recognised the importance of experienced defensive duo Steph Houghton and Alex Greenwood in the win and revealed how playing alongside them is aiding her own game.

“They just organise everyone else” said Morgan.

“There’s moments in the second half when Chelsea are coming at us and we are a little bit against it and struggling to maybe the clear the ball probably and get out of our own half but they’re just reassuring presences.

“Steph is so vocal in terms of organising everyone else on the pitch and Alex is a player you know will charge through and get her head on the ball when it’s being pumped into the box. You can look to these players and know they have your back and you think ‘yeah, we’re okay here’. You know they’ve been in situations like that with their backs to the wall and managed to fight through and win the game.

“It is huge having players like that around you”.

The full back also lavished praise on City’s - and the WSL’s - top scorer Bunny Shaw, admitted she brings so much more to the team that simply goals.

“When you can clear it and you know Bunny is going to cause hassle as soon as it reaches there, it is so important. She’s so deceptive in her movements. For someone who is such a powerful player she is so delicate in her touch, she can bring it down and swerve her hips out of pressure and get us up the pitch and relieve the presser.

“She’s been so important in front of goal but from a defensive perspective, knowing we can clear the ball and it was stick is a really good attribute”.