Manchester City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games on Sunday with a 7-0 victory over Sheffield United in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup..
City advanced to the fifth round of the competition thanks to seven goals from four different scorers, including a hat-trick from Khadija Shaw, a brace from Julie Blakstad, and one each from Chloe Kelly and Deyna Castellanos.
“I thought we played well, scored some really good goals, moved the ball well between the lines, and we were patient,” manager Gareth Taylor said of his team’s performance. We talked about it at halftime, when we were 3-0 up, and we talked about where we need to improve..
“We saw some really good things but saw things we really needed to improve and in the second half I thought it was a lot better, we made the opposition work a lot more than just the final action so a pleasing day.”
City peppered the visitors’ goal with 27 shots and enjoyed the majority of the ball, something Taylor said his side were prepared for.
“We probably anticipated that with this type of game we were going to dominate possession but it’s what you do with that possession,” he said. “The first half on a couple of occasions it fizzled out a little bit but there was some good stuff in the second half, even with making changes the levels didn’t drop and I thought all players really contributed.”
The first half fizzled out a little bit on a couple of occasions, but there was some good stuff in the second half, even with making changes, the levels didn’t drop, and I thought all players really contributed.
Despite a 3-0 halftime lead, City punished the visitors with four goals after the break, with Shaw’s second of the game a beautifully created team goal. The home team showed their hunger and desire to keep control of the game by playing quickly from the back..
Sheffield United interim head coach Luke Turner was disappointed with the nature of his team’s goals in the first half, but he was proud of his players..
“I was really proud of the effort that they put in and the shift that they put in, and I told them I was really proud to stand on the side and wear that Sheffield United badge representing them because I felt like the whole crowd could see they put in a real shift trying to hold City out,” he said.
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