Manchester City claimed their first home win of a turbulent Women’s Super League season and lifted pressure on Gareth Taylor with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa.
Villa had impressively frustrated their struggling hosts during a goalless first half at the Academy Stadium but Caroline Weir finally elevated the game with a stylish opener (48) and Georgia Stanway’s far scruffier effort came just two minutes and 26 seconds later.
The stretching Emily Gielnik was agonisingly close to halving the deficit from close range (73) but instead, another City flurry ensured a long-awaited win was an emphatic one as substitute Hayley Raso scored twice (77, 81) as well as setting up Lauren Hemp (78).
Taylor’s side, who had lost as many WSL games as in their previous three campaigns combined, leapfrog their opponents into sixth ahead of Sunday’s schedule, and will head into the international break with a much-needed morale boost.
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Manchester City return to WSL action with a trip to Birmingham City on Sunday December 12 (kick-off 2pm). Aston Villa host Tottenham on the same day (kick-off 6pm) but first are in League Cup action against Sunderland on Sunday December 5 (kick-off 12pm).