Julie Blakstad’s beautiful first Manchester City objective has bamboozled boss Gareth Taylor.
City breezed previous Leicester City 4-0 at Academy Stadium as targets from Blakstad, Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp and Alex Greenwood helped them transfer stage on factors with Manchester United within the Women’s Super League desk. Blakstad grabbed the third objective earlier than the break as her strike from the left-hand aspect – doubtlessly meant as a cross – flew previous Foxes goalkeeper Demi Lambourne.
Taylor is loving having the Norwegian ace’s attacking instincts at his disposal however admits he isn’t satisfied her beautiful effort was intentional. The City boss, 49, stated: “Julie [Blakstad] tells me it was a deliberate strike.
The City boss, 49, said: “Julie [Blakstad] tells me it was a deliberate strike. But I’ve still to be convinced! She is more of an attacking player than Demi [Stokes], which is why we went with her. And it worked well, [Blakstad and Hemp] had some good sequences between them. I think it’s important we got a win at this stage of the season – these games are not easy as Leicester are fighting for their lives.”
City skipper Ellen White had the primary actual likelihood of the sport however her low effort was repelled by Lambourne. But the hosts broke the impasse within the sixteenth minute when Weir guided the ball into the far nook from a Chloe Kelly cutback. Hemp had an amazing likelihood to double the lead after a lofted move from White however dragged her shot extensive of the Leicester objective.
But she made no mistake when the ball fell to her within the field within the forty third minute, dinking it over the goalkeeper for her seventh league objective of the season. Next got here Blakstad’s thunderbolt, earlier than Greenwood coolly slotted house a penalty after Hemp was fouled by Lambourne within the field.
City host Brighton of their penultimate recreation of the season on May 4 and Taylor, who might be hoping for a United slip-up of their conflict towards West Ham, stated: “I think it’s just about remaining calm and making sure we do the right things.
“The quality of our chances is always going to be the difference between us [and Manchester United]. The important thing is focusing on the next game and nothing too far ahead. The fact that we are in this position, having this opportunity in our hands, I think is great.”
To comply with the motion and join The FA Player’s stay Barclays FA Women’s Super League protection go to womenscompetitions.thefa.com