Women's Team

Taylor satisfied with cup progress after derby defeat

It was a case of job done for Gareth Taylor after Manchester City progressed to the Continental Cup quarter-final despite losing a penalty shootout to Manchester United in our final group stage game.

The two teams played out 0-0 draw in 90 minutes, but United prevailed on spot-kicks after Laura Coombs and Alex Greenwood both missed for City.

However, whilst that meant the home side claimed two points, the point Taylor’s side received for the stalemate was enough to send us through to the last eight as group winners and the boss was pleased to see us achieve our ultimate aim.

“It was a case of coming here and getting job done,” he said afterwards. “We did that.

“It was quite an open game, without many chances for both teams. You could see it had 0-0 written all over it.

“I’m pleased with the group. Onto the quarter-finals.”

It was the second draw in a week between these teams, who shared the points in a 2-2 draw in the league five days ago.

Whilst Taylor was pleased with his players’ efforts, he felt there was room for improvement with our decision making, but acknowledged United are a tough team to face.

“I thought the effort and enthusiasm was there,” he explained. “Players came in and everyone gave their all.

“It was a tough game. It wasn’t easy for us to play our normal game. They made it difficult, we tried to make it as difficult for them as possible.

“They’re doing something right to make a decent start to the season. They are high energy and they put you under pressure. They’re not easy games.

“We’re looking forward to the return fixture at the City Football Academy later in the season and we’re expecting that to be tough as well.”

Taylor also reflected on the news that Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year contract with the Club as he expressed his admiration for the Spaniard.

"He completely deserves it for what he has brought to the club," added the women's first team manager.

"Not just in trophies but in style of play and the relationships he has made with everyone. He is someone I have huge admiration for.

"I think it shows we try to do things in the right way, with continuity and if you give people time, the rewards will come. [It's] really good news for the club."