Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor felt that his side gave everything during their 2-2 draw with Chelsea last night, as the gap between the top two clubs in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League remained at two points.
Chelsea took the lead through Sam Kerr’s smart header from a corner after 25 minutes before Chloe Kelly tapped in at the far post to give the hosts an equaliser just four minutes later. The visitors went into the break with a 2-1 lead after Pernille Harder scored from the penalty spot before Lauren Hemp netted from close range late in the second half to give Manchester City a point.
Speaking in his post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Taylor praised his side for their second half performance.
He said “The girls gave everything this evening and played some really good stuff in the second period. We dominated proceedings which earned us the draw and it looked like we could have got a late winner which was a shame that we didn’t.
“It took a world class save from their keeper at the end of the game to keep them in it and we sadly just ran out of time but you can tell that the girls left everything out there on the pitch today.”
The draw still means that Manchester City are in with a shout to win the title and Taylor knows that the final two league games are ones which his side can’t afford to switch off from.
He added “I think it’s important that we focus on what we are able to control, which is the final two games. We need to make sure we take care of those games, try and stay unbeaten and make sure we finish the season strong.
“Anything else that happens in the league is out of our control but we need to give ourselves the best chance possible.”
Taylor felt that the draw with Chelsea was a brilliant advert for the league which can help raise the profile of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as a competition going forward.
He added “It was an entertaining match for the neutral. I felt we edged the opportunities and the amount of time in the final third.
“The second period, we were fairly dominant and we were a bit disappointed with the first half performance in which we conceded a goal and a penalty.
“We always feel the way we work our way into the final third and the way we play that we will create opportunities but sadly, we just couldn’t capitalise.
“Obviously I was engrossed on the sidelines but I can image that it was a brilliant game to watch at home for both sets of supporters. I think the game will now go to new levels, some of the excitement, some of the goals and play we have seen tonight was of real quality.”
Manchester City return to action on Sunday 2 May when they host West Ham United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.