Manchester City captain Steph Houghton targets more trophies

By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Manchester City Women
Steph Houghton (right) lifted the Continental Cup trophy a year after captaining Arsenal to the same win

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton says her side want to emulate the men's team by building on their first trophy and challenge for the league title.

City's men won the Premier League in 2012, a year ending a 35-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.

Houghton told BBC Sport: "Players want to come here to win trophies and we have got the first one in the bank.

"We want to mirror what the men did when they won their first trophy and then went on to win the league."

City beat Arsenal 1-0 in the Continental Cup final on Thursday night to lift the first trophy in their 26-year history, days after finishing fifth in their first Women's Super League season.

How Man City's men ended their trophy drought
Manchester City won the League Cup in 1976 but had to wait until 2011 for their next trophy - the FA Cup.They have since added the League Cup trophy in 2014, and regained the Premier League title last season.
After Yaya Toure's goal won the FA Cup final against Stoke, City won the Premier League in 2012.City's only European honour to date is the 1970 Cup Winners' Cup.

The women will move into City's new Etihad Campus training centreexternal-link in the new year where they will work alongside the men's senior and youth teams.

And England captain Houghton, 26, believes integration with Manuel Pellegrini's men can only help her side challenge for the WSL title next season.

"We try to play with the same philosophy as the men's team," she said. "We watch their first team and under-21 matches and we get the chance to train with the under-18s. We are integrated.

Man City's cup winning moment

"We will be around the first team every day in the new training centre which will help. Everyone at the club feels like they are together.

"The training centre is one of the best facilities in Europe so we have no excuses. The chance to be able to train full-time is what attracted me to the club and this will only help us bring in more players.

"I have improved as a player this season because we are on the ball every day, working with top-class coaches."

Houghton was joined at City by fellow England team-mates Karen Bardsley, Jill Scott and Toni Duggan this season but expects manager Nick Cushing to add to the squad in the off-season.

She said: "Our squad has done well and progressed but if we want to challenge for trophies next season and be more consistent we do need to add to our squad.

"We need more experience and a few more goalscorers to help the likes of Jill and Toni out."

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