Lauren Hemp praised “super sub” Hayley Raso in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Aston Villa.
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The Australian international enjoyed a memorable afternoon, scoring her first goals for the club and assisting as City stormed back to winning ways with a clinical performance in the second half at Academy Stadium.
Raso’s performance was all the more impressive as it wasn’t unveiled until the 64th minute, helping Gareth Taylor’s team hit fifth gear with one hand on three rapid fire goals in four minutes.
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Hemp, who added the fourth of the game and smashed Raso’s assist at the rear post, was full of praise for her wingmate, considered the Australian a “game changer” and emphasized the impressive strength of the squad in depth.
“She definitely made an impression,” said Hemp. “She put the ball on my plate for my goal.
“It shows the depth of the squad – we have players who can change the game that way.
“That was an important result for us.”
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Raso was of course delighted to have opened her City Account and created her third assist of the campaign.
Although the 27-year-old missed part of the season with a shoulder injury, she is now hoping to take off with her new club.
The Australian winger took pride in the team’s pace in the second half and dedicated the win to fans who remained loyal to the team in the midst of a difficult period.
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“It’s nice for us to come out and get the win,” she repeated.
“We’ve had tough results, but the fans keep coming up for us, so we’re glad we won for them.
“It was definitely about keeping the pace going. We went into the game 0-0 at halftime, which showed what Gareth Taylor said worked.
“We came out and scored a couple of goals.”
Hemp added that she hopes the kind of win can prove to be a catalyst for City’s 2021-22 season as Taylor’s side look to revive our league campaign and climb the table.
“Hopefully we can take that form and carry on like we do today,” she continued.
“It will do a lot for our confidence. We have suffered a few defeats.
“It’s important to take the positive out of today’s game and do that for the rest of the season.”