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 keen to use fan support to their advantage says Taylor

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor says that his side will aim to maximise the support of the fans when they return to Barclays FA Women’s Super League action against Tottenham Hotspur at The Academy Stadium this evening.

The Cityzens welcomed supporters back to The Academy Stadium for the first time in more than 18 months for their UEFA Women’s Champions League Round 2 second leg tie against Real Madrid in midweek but Manchester City were unable to reward them with qualification for the group stage of the competition.

Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in his pre-match press conference ahead of this evening’s fixture with Spurs, Taylor said that his side are keen to maximise the benefit of having large support in the stands.

“We had great support the other night, they were with us all of the way and we need to use that to the maximum as much as we can;” Taylor said. “It is something that we have missed, all of the clubs have missed it.

“It’s great to see the fans back in the stadium.”

This afternoon’s fixture sees two sides who won their respective opening day fixtures go head-to-head in the North West and while Spurs will try to make things hard for Manchester City, Taylor just wants his side to play their game and focus on what they do well.

He added “It’ll be a tough test. They got themselves a good three points on the board against Birmingham in the first team men’s stadium. It was a good opportunity for them to showcase what they are about.

“They have got a team that will be full of spirit and will make it very difficult and we just need to focus on what we do well, obviously being respectful of the opposition, making sure that we attack and do all of the right things in our game.”

Taylor went on to say that Swedish international midfielder Filippa Angeldahl could be in contention to make her long-awaited Manchester City debut this evening.

He said “Filippa Angeldahl has had her clearance come through so she will be available which is good for us, she is a good player.”

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur kicks-off at 6.45pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football.

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