A toothless Manchester City suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to the champions Chelsea to ramp up the pressure on their supervisor, Gareth Taylor.
A purpose a minute in from Jessie Fleming was added to by Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby and Magda Eriksson as they picked City aside on the Academy Stadium.
City sit eighth within the WSL desk, seven factors off the third Champions League spot, and have simply seven factors from seven video games.
If there have been hopes that this may very well be the second to relaunch City’s season then they had been in a short time squashed. It took simply 67 seconds for Chelsea to take the lead and it was gifted to them. City’s third-choice goalkeeper Karima Taieb handed to Alex Greenwood nevertheless it was woefully brief and Fleming nipped in, rounded the hapless Taieb and stroked the ball into the web.
It was a bruising begin however Chelsea’s concentrating on of Taieb was not sudden. She has performed all of City’s 13 video games this season however has struggled to get wherever close to the requirements set by the injured Ellie Roebuck and Karen Bardsley. With this newest howler, and after two massive errors in City’s defeat to Chelsea within the FA Cup semi-final, the 16-year-old Grace Pilling should certainly be in line to begin forward of her.
Regardless of that, City had spell of play within the first half, with midfielders Caroline Weir and Keira Walsh and the ever-energetic Lauren Hemp serving to the house workforce to edge the midfield battle. Clever to the specter of Hemp, Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes had her personal dogged and nippy ahead Erin Cuthbert just about man-marking the winger.
In stark distinction to the error from her reverse quantity, Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger did properly to stretch out a leg and push apart a shot from Weir after Walsh had performed her in by means of the center.
Berger was on hand once more and collided closely with Hemp as she blocked her shot with each gamers requiring prolonged therapy. Within the ensuing 5 minutes of added time earlier than the break Chelsea struck once more. A Ji So-yun cross from the left was nodded down by a falling Guro Reiten on the again put up and Kerr poked in.
Regardless of City being winless in eight WSL video games in opposition to Chelsea, Hayes’ facet had by no means received away from residence in opposition to them within the league with 5 defeats on their travels.
Within the second half Chelsea ramped up the pressure on City’s beleaguered and makeshift again line with two objectives in 4 minutes, each from corners. First, mirroring a manoeuvre used within the Cup semi-final, a brief nook to Cuthbert was labored from proper to left and again once more for the Scot to place into the trail of Kirby who despatched a curling shot into the far nook. Then, Melanie Leupolz’s inswinging nook was headed in powerfully by the Chelsea captain Eriksson with Taieb seemingly pulling away from an try to punch it clear.
Kirby has now scored 17 WSL objectives and supplied 12 assists in 2021 and is the one participant within the historical past of the league to each rating and help greater than 10 objectives in a single calendar yr.
As City’s losses accumulate so does the pressure on Taylor. A staggeringly giant damage checklist means there are some allowances to be made for his or her early type, however there has nonetheless been vital power within the beginning XI every week that makes their factors tally and place stunning main to fingers being pointed on the man organising that expertise.