Janine Beckie of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Liverpool Women, WSL football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 01 Dec 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

‘My finishing has to be better’ – Manchester City’s Beckie critical of SheBelieves performances

Manchester City’s Janine Beckie has been critical of her own performances for Canada as they finished in third place in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.

The 26-year-old played every minute of the action for Bev Priestman’s side as they won one and lost two of their three tournament fixtures.

Beckie was a member of a Canadian side who were defeated 2-0 by Brazil in Orlando, Florida last night. FAWSL Full-Time spoke with the Manchester City player after the match and she expressed her frustration at her performances throughout this year’s tournament.

“I am frustrated with my performances over the three games” said Beckie. “There were definitely goals that were left on the table and I have taken ownership of that.

“I know that my finishing has to be better. I think that comes down to getting myself in the right positions and that is the difference between good and great players, players who are able to finish those opportunities.

“I was proud of the physical shift that I was able to put in (against Brazil), it was the first time that I have played three 90 minutes back-to-back in a while.

“There are lots of things to work on. This team needs me to score goals and unfortunately, I didn’t do that at this tournament.”

This month’s tournament has seen Beckie and her teammates play under new Canadian head coach Bev Priestman for the very first time and she believes that the future is bright under the guidance of the former England assistant coach.

Beckie added “Obviously, we have got a new technical staff with Bev and it has been fantastic. All of us as players have been really impressed with her coming in and really asking us to be brave and play forward.

“We have definitely seen a big shift from the last time that we were together and everyone has seen that.

“We were missing some big players so to have them back in will be really important and to get them into this system will be really great.

“The takeaways are all positive. If we break down the performances of the three games, there are definitely more positives than things to be frustrated about.”

Beckie will now return to Manchester City with the aim of helping the club continue to push hard for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title.

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