Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea: Hosts' terrible start to the season continues as Emma Hayes' side move to within a point of WSL leaders Arsenal after win 

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Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea: Hosts' terrible start to the season continues as Emma Hayes' side move to within a point of WSL leaders Arsenal after win

  • Gareth Taylor's team have already lost four league games this season 
  • They fell behind in 67 seconds in as Karima Taieb's poor kick was pounced on 
  • Sam Kerr's strike saw the Blues double their lead just before half-time 
  • The visitors continued to ooze confidence as Fran Kirby made it three
  • And Magdalena Eriksson rounded off a fine win with a 55th-minute header
  • WSL champions Chelsea now sit just one point behind leaders Arsenal 

There was a sense of deja vu about Chelsea's victory over Manchester City here at the Academy Stadium on Sunday.

Goalkeeping errors and missed chances cost Gareth Taylor's side when they were beaten 3-0 by the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final two weeks ago. 

And it was the same painful story for the City boss as they suffered their fourth league defeat of the season.

Chelsea were ruthless as they put Manchester City to the sword again after their FA Cup win

Chelsea were ruthless as they put Manchester City to the sword again after their FA Cup win

Chelsea were ruthless as they put Manchester City to the sword again after their FA Cup win

Gareth Taylor's side can forget about a WSL title challenge after another poor performance

Gareth Taylor's side can forget about a WSL title challenge after another poor performance

Any faint hopes of a title challenge are over and their focus must turn to securing the final Champions League place. 

They have conceded 12 goals and scored none in games this season against Chelsea and Arsenal, the top two. Taylor is under pressure but is adamant he will fight on. 

'There's nothing for me to consider,' he said when asked about his future. 'Until I'm told anything different, I carry on and I work as hard as I've ever done.

'Of course, we need to be better in the errors that we make, but as long as I can see the positives, even when we are really short of key players, nothing changes in my mind. 

'I don't think the tactics are to blame at all. I've not really harped on about the injuries, the injuries are a fact. I still believe in this group of players.'

Champions Chelsea, meanwhile, are now a point behind Arsenal. Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said: 'I thought we were poor in the first half. In the second half we played like champions.'

Jessie Fleming took advantage of poor goalkeeping to put the visitors ahead barely a minute in

Jessie Fleming took advantage of poor goalkeeping to put the visitors ahead barely a minute in

Caroline Weir had her shot kept out by Ann-Katrin Berger as City pushed for an equaliser

Caroline Weir had her shot kept out by Ann-Katrin Berger as City pushed for an equaliser

Taylor's biggest issue is the goalkeeping situation. No1 Ellie Roebuck is expected back at the end of the month while second choice Karen Bardsley is out indefinitely.

Karima Taieb, the only senior goalkeeper available, was at fault for two goals in that FA Cup defeat and the 32-year-old got off to a nightmare start here, carelessly gifting Chelsea the opener after 67 seconds. 

Her attempted pass to Alex Greenwood went straight to Jessie Fleming, who took two touches to go around Taieb before finishing into an empty net. 

But the hosts were undone just before the break as Sam Kerr got her sixth league goal this term

But the hosts were undone just before the break as Sam Kerr got her sixth league goal this term

MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS FROM ACADEMY STADIUM 

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Taieb 6; Stanway 5, Scott 5, Greenwood 6, Stokes 6; Walsh 6, Angeldahl 5 (Coombs 69, 6), Weir 6 (Losada 77, 6); Park 5 (Beckie 69, 6), Hemp 6.5 (Raso 80, 6), White 5.

Subs not used: Pilling, Mace, Kennedy.

Booked: Greenwood

Manager: Gareth Taylor 5

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Berger 6 (Musovic 77, 6); Carter 6, Bright 6, Eriksson 6.5; Reiten 6.5 (Spence 77, 6), Cuthbert 6.5, Ji 6 (Ingle 45, 6), Leupolz 6; Fleming 6.5, Kirby 7 (Charles 77, 6), Kerr 6.5 (England 67, 6).

Subs not used: Mjelde, James, Andersson, Fox.

Goals: Fleming 2, Kerr 45+4, Kirby 52, Eriksson 55

Booked: None

Manager: Emma Hayes 6.5

Referee: Rebecca Welch 6 

 

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Caroline Weir missed a chance to equalise seven minutes later and that proved crucial as Chelsea grabbed a second just before half-time. 

Georgia Stanway was caught in possession by Fran Kirby who played in Ji So-yun down the right. 

Her cross found Guro Reiten at the back post and she headed the ball across goal for Sam Kerr to finish.

Fran Kirby (centre) put the result beyond doubt with a curling effort into the top left corner

Fran Kirby (centre) put the result beyond doubt with a curling effort into the top left corner

And captain Magdalena Eriksson put the icing on the cake for Emma Hayes' team with a header

And captain Magdalena Eriksson put the icing on the cake for Emma Hayes' team with a header

On 52 minutes, City failed to deal with a short corner and the ball eventually dropped to Kirby, who curled a finish into the top left corner. 

Three minutes later it was four. Taieb was at fault again as she flapped at Erin Cuthbert's in-swinging corner, allowing Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson to nod in at the far post.

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