Gareth Taylor says City’s hard-fought 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Barclays Women’s Super League was thanks to a squad effort.

Two goals from Lauren Hemp after the break sparked a rousing second-half comeback, moving us up to second in the process.

The hosts had been frustrated by Villa for the first hour, with Danielle Turner’s early effort handing them a lead to protect.

But City dug deep to get over the line, and Taylor insisted that it wasn’t just the players on the pitch who played their part in that success.

“That was a team out there, and a team that won that game, regardless of if the players got on to the pitch or not,” the boss explained.

“The influence of Steph [Houghton], Demi [Stokes], Deyna [Castellanos], Esme [Morgan], she’s played for England in the week and at half-time we’re debating if we use her or Kerstin [Casparij] for Alanna [Kennedy].

“The determination from the team is top class and they deserve a rest now.

“They’ll have a few days now which will be nice for them to rest and then try to finish the year [against Everton] on a high.”

The Villans had come away from the Joie Stadium with a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season, and once again made life difficult for City in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

And Taylor was quick to point out that the visitors’ results this season haven’t been a fair reflection on the performances they’ve put on.

He said: “Their results haven’t been great but the performances have been good and they’ve been unfortunate in a lot of games.


“They need to stick with it because Carla Ward’s really good and they have some good players there.

“We knew today, no matter what, would be a tough game.

“We knew what happened against them last season and I’m really pleased that we got the three points.”