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Taylor: City squad a dream to work with

Gareth Taylor says it's been a pleasure to work with the City squad so far this season following our 2-0 Continental Cup triumph over Liverpool.

Second half goals from Filippa Angeldahl and Mary Fowler were enough to hand the visitors a ninth successive victory in all competitions and all but seal our place in the knockout stages.

A winning run stretching back to the beginning of October, City have scored 28 times in that sequence, conceding just three in the process.

And after another convincing performance from his side, Taylor emphasised the importance of the entire squad in our recent success.

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"They’re a great group to work with, they really respect each other, and we enjoy the football we play," he reflected.

"We have a real good identity and I thought we showed that tonight. They’re a dream to work with.

"You have players who come into the team who aren’t playing week in week out like Filippa Angeldahl and she scores a goal, puts in a good performance and works really hard for the team.

"That goes to show the unity that’s there, it’s a real pleasure to work with."

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City were provided with a further boost at Prenton Park with both Alanna Kennedy starting her first match of the campaign and Lauren Hemp making an important impact from the bench.

Kennedy, who missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury, offered a composed presence at the back, playing a significant role in our sixth clean sheet in our past nine matches.

And after being introduced for the final 15 minutes on Merseyside, it was an equally impressive display from Hemp, who looked back to her best after a thigh complaint to tee up Fowler for City's second goal.

With the Manchester derby looming this weekend, each of their performances will have given Taylor plenty of positive selection dilemmas ahead of our Etihad clash.

He said: "It’s great for Lauren. It was important to get her on the pitch for that confidence.

"Providing an assist will be big for her, she provided a threat. More so for the confidence levels for her to be there and to manage her appropriately like we have done with a few of the players.

"There were some really good performances tonight. I thought Alanna Kennedy was very good as well."

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