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Manchester City are only looking at themselves says Taylor after closing gap in the title race

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that his side are continuing to only focus on their own performances rather than what is happening elsewhere in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

City recorded a 2-1 victory at Arsenal to move to within two points of league leaders Chelsea on an afternoon which saw both the champions and second-placed side Manchester United fall to surprise home defeats.

Speaking in the post-match press conference at Meadow Park, in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, Taylor said that while the defeats for Chelsea and United had boosted his side’s title hopes, the focus remains on City’s own performances.

“It looks like a bigger win” said Taylor when commenting on his side’s victory combined with results elsewhere. “I have always tried to keep the focus on what we do.

“I thought that the battling and the work ethic from the players, especially after Arsenal equalising, the character that they showed was top class.

“It is still three points. We will always take that additional support from elsewhere but we are focusing on what we do.”

Attacker Chloe Kelly continued her excellent first year as a Manchester City player by creating both goals for teammates Ellen White and Lauren Hemp and Taylor went on to claim that she can become a world class talent.

The City head coach said “We see a player there who can really develop into someone top level.

“She has got all of the makings, she is really coachable, she just needed to tidy up on those final actions and she is doing that now.

“When she is providing two crosses for two goals – I thought it was a great finish from Ellen first half and a really good header from Lauren Hemp.

“When your two wingers are combining and your front three are scoring like that, it is great to see.”

Manchester City now have the opportunity to leapfrog neighbours United into second place in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table when the pair meet at The Academy Stadium on Friday night.

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