Gareth Taylor says Julie Blakstad’s impressive Man City goal gives him more questions than answers

Julie Blakstad’s surprising first goal for Manchester City has fooled boss Gareth Taylor.

City edged Leicester City 4-0 at the Academy Stadium thanks to goals from Blakstad, Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and Alex Greenwood helping them level on points with Manchester United in the Women’s Super League table. Blakstad scored the third goal before the break when her shot from the left side, potentially meant as a cross, sailed over Foxes goalkeeper Demi Lambourne.

Taylor loves having the Norwegian ace’s attacking instincts at his disposal, but admits he’s not convinced his amazing effort was intentional. The town chief, 49, said: “Julie [Blakstad] He tells me it was a deliberate attack.

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The town chief, 49, said: “Julie [Blakstad] He tells me it was a deliberate attack. But I still have to be convinced! She is more of an attacking player than Demi. [Stokes], that’s why we went with her. And it worked fine [Blakstad and Hemp] they had some good sequences between them. I think it’s important that we get a win at this stage of the season – these games are not easy as Leicester are fighting for their lives.”

City captain Ellen White had the first real chance of the game, but her low effort was rebuffed by Lambourne. But the hosts broke the tie in the 16th minute when Weir guided the ball into the far corner of a Chloe Kelly cut. Hemp had a great opportunity to double the lead after a lofted pass from White, but dragged his shot just wide of the Leicester goal.

But she was not wrong when the ball fell to her in the area in the 43rd minute and she nailed it to the goalkeeper for her seventh league goal of the season. Then came the lightning from Blakstad, before Greenwood coolly scored a penalty after Lambourne fouled Hemp in the box.

City host Brighton in their penultimate game of the season on May 4 and Taylor, who is expecting a slip-up from United in their clash with West Ham, said: “I think it’s about staying calm and making sure we do the right thing.” Right”. stuff.

“The quality of our opportunities will always make the difference between us [and Manchester United]. The important thing is to focus on the next game and nothing too far away. The fact that we’re in this position, having this opportunity in our hands, I think it’s great.”

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