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Monday, 17 October 2022 15:27

Man City boss backs Bunny Shaw after Reggae Girl’s brace

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Manchester City head coach, Gareth Taylor, has expressed his delight with Reggae Girl, Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, after her two goals helped the Blues win their first game of the English Women’s Super League season, a 4-0 thrashing of Leicester City on Sunday.

Shaw, who is a native of Spanish Town in Jamaica, opened the scoring in the 24th at the Academy Stadium with a powerful header at the far post from a cross from Lauren Hemp. She later showed her poacher’s instinct when she added a second goal in the 72nd minute, sweeping home the rebound after Alex Greenwood’s penalty was saved.

It was 25-year-old Shaw’s fifth goal in as many appearances in all competitions this season, including three in the league.

Taylor said she is content that the Jamaican is showing what she is capable of on the field, while noting that Shaw has stood out so far in the season.

“I’m really happy that Bunny is showing what she’s capable of,” she said.

“She had a good season last year, good competition with Ellen [White], which gave us different options, but at the moment she’s the one real stand-out option.”

“It’s a good start for her, good challenge and one she’s enjoying,” she added.

The Blues looked more comfortable in their first home game of the season, keeping the ball well while Hemp, Chloe Kelly and Shaw looked ruthless as City’s new attacking front three, following White’s retirement.

“It was a vital win. I’m pleased with the performance. More often than not the performance takes care of the result but not always,” she said.

“We went 1-0 up and could’ve got a couple more by half-time.”

“We know that this team, even when you make changes, can really open up and score goals, particularly when you can bring on the likes of quick players at the top end of the pitch against an opposition who are probably flagging,” she added.