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Taylor ‘blown away’ by second half performance

Gareth Taylor couldn't fault City’s second half display as we beat Chelsea 3-1 to claim the Continental Cup.

Despite our relative dominance at Plough Lane, Sam Kerr’s close-range strike after the half-hour meant we went in a goal behind at the break.

However, an inspired second half display turned the game on its head, with a Caroline Weir brace and instinctive Ellen White finish securing a 3-1 triumph and a fourth Conti Cup in our history.

And Taylor highlighted City’s impressive turnaround following the restart as a crucial factor in helping us over the line.

“We probably looked a bit nervous first, some of our build-up play wasn’t too great,” the boss reflected.

“We spoke about belief and faith in what we do at half-time and I have to say I was blown away by the girls in the second half.

“The way they attacked the game, from a technical point, tactically and physically we stepped up so many levels.

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“Arguably we could have scored even more goals against a very dangerous team in Chelsea.”

Not only did City claim our fourth Conti Cup trophy with victory over Chelsea, but our 3-1 triumph also brought an end to a 10-match winless run against Emma Hayes’ side.

Indeed, Taylor has called for the team to use the result and performance as a springboard for further success this campaign.

“It’s difficult sometimes when you’ve played against Chelsea previously and suffered like we have this season, but the league game showed we were getting closer.

“What this gives us, it goes beyond winning this trophy, it gives us real confidence going into the remainder of the season.

“Our objectives are clear in what we want to try and achieve after a difficult start.

“The belief levels will be huge after this; it gives us so much confidence.”

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