Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor during the warm up Chelsea Women v Manchester City Women Womens Community Shield football match, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 29 Aug 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City boss Taylor highlights Walsh’s goal as huge moment in the title race

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that Keira Walsh’s goal against Everton is a huge moment in the title race.

City struggled to break down an organised and resilient Everton side at The Academy Stadium this afternoon and had it not been for midfielder Walsh’s goal, the game could very much have ended goalless with the hosts surrendering two points in the title race.

When speaking in the post-match press conference in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, Taylor admitted that Walsh’s goal was a huge moment in the title race.

“It was huge,” said the City boss. “We’ve had a couple of late goals this season but I think that one was really needed.

“I think that you are not going to always profit from all of the good work that we are doing.

“At times, we played some good stuff today but there was some disruption in our flow and rhythm. I also said to the players with six games left of the season that it is all about results.

“This was a big three points for us today.”

Everton lined-up in a 5-4-1 formation which so often stifled Manchester City’s attacks and Taylor went on to add that it had been a difficult afternoon for his side.

“It’s difficult when you play against a low block with five players at the back, we’ve played against that in the last two games” said Taylor.

“Sometimes you need that early goal to kind of open up teams a little bit more but it came late for us.

“We weren’t at our very best but I think they’re special moments when you score late on. It was the one moment of quality in the game from Keira to take the lead and I thought the way that we handled the final minutes when Everton changed their shape and got more players in the box was excellent.”

Manchester City return to action on Thursday when they travel to Florence to face Fiorentina in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 tie.

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