Gareth Taylor hailed his side’s ruthless display, as City broke our all-time FA Women’s Super League record of victory to thrash Bristol City 8-1.

The FA Cup Winners boasted seven different scorers at the Academy Stadium, as we returned to winning ways in the league in emphatic fashion, issuing a real statement of intent to the early pace-setters.

City had surrendered an early advantage to hand the Robins a route back into the game but blitzed into a three-goal half-time lead thanks to a flurry of goals just before the break.

The rout continued into the second half and Taylor was delighted to see his side click in the final third.


“It was great,” he reflected. “There were goalscorers all over the pitch. That’s good – it’s what we want.

“It’s going to be so important during the season. I have been waiting for this to happen for us: clicking and getting our reward.

“We had been playing really well up until the final third but then lacking a little but it was good (against Bristol City).

“You always find out a lot about the opposition team in the first five or ten minutes with how they set up.

“We have a lot of information about opponents and we’ve watched a lot of previous games and we thought they would come with five at the back, which would make life a lot easier.

“It’s just about how we were going to break down that back five. Once we got ahead, it was difficult for them - they’d have wanted to slow the game down.

“Within that, you don’t always get spaces with a back five but there was a lot of space on their high life and Laura (Coombs) and Janine (Beckie) - to name a few - really exploited that.

“It has been a really good week in terms of goals. We’ve scored 14 in three games, which is really positive.

“We clicked and everything has fallen into place. We backed up our play with goals. Most coaches would tell you: you take pride in your performance.

“Ideally, you want to be successful and I’m no different to that but I pride myself on performance

“It’s nice to finally have goals on the board to show good our play previously.

“I was never too downbeat - I never thought we were a million miles away.

“We’ve had a really positive week - we made changes but the quality hasn’t dropped which is very pleasing.

“Every game is a must-win game. I have never gone into a game not trying to win. That’s what we’re here for - it wasn’t a must-win but it was important to get three points.

“Nothing changes from our perspective - we’re always trying to win each game.”


Taylor also reserved further praise for the in-form Coombs, who netted her second goal in as many games with another fantastic finish.

“I’m very impressed,” he added. “Laura is a player I like a lot - she’s very intelligent, very composed.

“She has been used more recently in the last couple of games. Before that, she didn’t have a massive amount of minutes but she has been close.

“She was always on my mind - she’s a top player and one really appreciated by everyone at the Club.”