Speaking after she helped guide Glasgow City to the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Suzanne Lappin was happy with the overall team performance in their second leg tie with Standard Liege.
The club’s record goal scorer grabbed both of City’s goals in their 2-2 draw in the away leg of the tie and relished in the support of the home crowd. Lappin said: “You see that 900 people here tonight, that’s unheard of for one of our games, I think we usually get about 100 people at average home games.”
Although not on the scoresheet herself, the central midfielder found herself well positioned throughout the game, feeding the ball through to the likes of Denise O’Sullivan and Suzanne Mulvey.
On more than one occasion, Lappin’s physical presence in the air allowed her to win her aerial battles and set up her teammates. Showing her ability to find space on the park and use it to her advantage, Lappin was able to pick out key players in front of goal including player of the match Jess Fishlock and goalscorer Sarah Crilly.
Commenting on the team’s performance, Lappin said: “I think we worked really hard and worked really well together, I think that was the aim tonight that we moved the ball well. We worked as a team and worked for each other and I think that everything that we learned about ourselves in the last game, we put right tonight.”
Acknowledging the significance of the Champions League ties to the club and women’s football in Scotland, Lappin continued: “I think these games are where we want to play as players, we work so hard behind the scenes training four nights a week and playing week in week out.”