Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that the fact that his side have remained in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title race until the last day should be seen as a real positive.
City were seven points adrift of the league summit in October but a 17-match unbeaten run in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League has hauled them right back into contention for the title.
Taylor’s side go into their final league fixture of the season against West Ham United two points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, however, the City boss believes that just being in with a chance of lifting the league trophy on the final day should be seen as a positive.
“I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far,” Taylor said when speaking in his pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “It’s not in our hands on Sunday but the fact that we have taken it to the final game I think is a real positive.
“We are going into the game on Sunday really ready to give it our very best to get the result that we need and see what happens. That is what we have done all season, we’ve taken it game-by-game, focused on that particular game and not looked too far down the line.”
While City may not end the season as champions, Taylor was full of praise for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as a product, highlighting the excitement of the league and the hope for the future development of the competition.
He added “Some league campaigns are over a month before the campaign finishes.
“I think that the excitement and the changes that have happened in the WSL over the last season or two and the changes that are coming in next season with the heightened exposure and the rights change is fantastic.
“What an end to the season this is, we are really excited about it. We want to strike the first blow on Sunday, we want to score first in that game and I think all of a sudden, the outlook then changes, we are talking about pressure, we are talking about emotions.
“We just need to control the controllable and just do our bit.”
Manchester City’s final Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture of the season at West Ham United is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be broadcast live on BT Sport Extra 2.