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Leicester City Women vs Manchester City at King Power Stadium

King Power Stadium Referee : Helen Conley
7th November 2021 2:00 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Leicester City Women

    • ‘1' Jess Sigsworth
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘24' Caroline Weir
    • ‘37' Keira Walsh
    • ‘71' Lauren Hemp
    • ‘83' Laura Coombs


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Taylor on whether this was the best performance of the season 💬

"It was really good football on a nice, big pitch in a big arena. There was some top play. 

"One of the goals - Coombs' - was brilliant from back to front. We had a couple of opportunities where Hemp got in, after we'd built from the goalkeeper, through the lines with Georgia's intelligence. 

"I think the players really enjoyed playing that today. There were some difficult moments but we managed them really well.

" You can’t dismiss any game in the WSL. It was really important to keep focused. That was the main thing today - not to focus on next week (against Chelsea).

"This game was really important. Great credit to the girls for the way they handled things. We were dominant and they were first-class."


Taylor on the midfielders 💬

"Filippa is a good player and a great girl to work with.

"She's quiet but keen to learn and improve. She's a talented player ands she plays consistently for Sweden. 

"She's settled in nicely. The relationship she had with Georgia, Jess and Keira was brilliant. She understands the game well and understood where the spaces well.

"Georgia really helped her today. She was excellent. She really came into the game. Her and Keira managed midfield really well in possession. 

"Keira's was a brilliant goal. We know she's capable and it was nice to see her arrive there.

"She needs rhythm and games. She's not had that consistency. We understand we get fluctuation in her performance (after her injury) but the more she plays, I'm certain we'll see more performances like that today. 

"Those are the types of performance were looking for - stopping attacks, setting up, controlling play. All three midfielders performed well today."


Taylor on the injury situation 💬

"We had six outfield players on the bench, which is pretty good. 

"It's been worse than that in terms of numbers this season.

"The next ones to return will be Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton, and Ellie Roebuck but don't imagine that will be soon. 

"Hopefully, in the next international break, those players will be close. 

"We have to manage that situation. It was vital we won today. We have to take that momentum into Chelsea next weekend and if we win, things look a lot healthier."


Taylor on Lauren Hemp 💬

"I've always spoken highly of her.

"She's a fantastic outlet. Sometimes we can overuse her. 

"We want to up her ratio of goals and assists. She looked really dangerous from the start and took her goals really well."


Gareth Taylor 💬

"It was a tough start but we showed real character and determination, and we played some exceptional football.

"While the game was 2-1, it was great to have fought back and lead.

"It was tight - you saw the best of us at 3-1 up, the confidence and positional play was top notch.

"We had a tough moment for their first goal. When we start like that and make an error, all eyes are on you. ‘Another one of those days?’ 

"I still felt there was a lot of the game to come. We continued to play our way and struck back. We could have scored before Keira's goal.

"I would have been comfortable at half-time drawing. The performance at the end in terms of managing the game, creating opportunities was great."



There we go! A huge three points.

City fight back from Jess Sigsworth's first-minute goal to triumph 4-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Goals from Caroline Weir, Keira Walsh, Lauren Hemp and Laura Coombs earn a vital win in the FA WSL as Gareth Taylor's side produce a thoroughly dominant performance to earn a deserved win.

Creative and clinical with a display of character too. A great afternoon's work.


Mental strength

Credit to City - it really has been a superb response to that early goal.

Regrouped and reorganised, gained control of possession, created a hatful of chances and once we found the leveller, there was only going to be one winner.

Really pleasing. Real character shown and some lovely build-up play.




Stanway with a lovely through-ball to Coombs and she curls home beautifully!



15 to go

HUGE goal that for City and we look a lot more comfortable with that cushion.

Could sense the atmosphere change in the home crowd - hope distinguished.

Just need to see this through now - nothing silly, nothing to cause nerves late on.




Stanway sets Hemp clear and she rockets an effort past Levell to give us that much-needed breathing space.

My, my she enjoyed that one! Jumps for joy and punches the air (as did I!)



This game has really opened up now.

Plumptre with a header that bounces harmlessly wide, while Hemp forces Levell into another stop at her near post.

Next goal (if there is to be one) absolutely crucial...



Howard with a volley on the penalty spot, which blazes over the bar.

A reminder that our lead is narrow... Leicester more than capable of getting back into this one.


Another save

Weir's shot is blocked and the ball ricochets to Stanway but falling over, she can only find Levell with a low effort.

City hassling and harrying well - not giving Leicester an inch and winning the ball back in good areas.



Levell is called into action again twice in quick succession, parrying a powerful Stanway strike wide and tipping a Hemp drive over the bar.

Keep it up!


Finding our rhythm again

Another stoppage as O'Brien receives treatment again.

City have started the half well - could definitely do with another goal though. Leicester have threatened a few times on the counter without testing Taieb.


Good save

Levell with another fine stop - this time to deny Park, who had twisted and turned her way into space when played through by Weir.

She stings the palms of the Foxes shot-stopper.


More of the same!

City fully deserving of the lead - it's been coming since we went behind!

Need to keep pressing for another - some breathing space. Anything can happen...


What a chance!

A lovely ball from Walsh sets Hemp off and running again. She cuts back for Weir, whose shot is saved, and the ball arrives too quickly for Park to properly adjust and she spoons over.



Right place, right time!

City break down the left, playing on after Greenwood was floored just inside the half.

Stokes drives forward and crosses to the near post. It's blocked but falls kindly for Weir, who smashes home!



Stanway with another drive from range - this one slices just wide of the target.

So good to have her back today. She's certainly no stranger to a shot on goal.



Brief stoppage in play here as O'Brien receives treatment, following a 50-50 collision with Weir.

Thankfully neither seem to be seriously hurt.


Settle it down

The game has been a little scrappy in recent minutes but good to see City being so direct, looking to get forward and into the box at every opportunity.

Leicester are defending well with brave blocks but we just need to keep this pressure on...



It's one-way traffic at the moment.

Hemp as usual causing havoc on the wing. She crosses again for White, who pokes to the far post but it rolls wide.

We're getting on the end of these crosses though. Promising.


Off the crossbar!

Superb effort from Stanway, who tries her luck from range but the ball clips the woodwork and bounces over.

Great response, this from City. Keep it up.



Okay, not the start we wanted but it's an early goal... so plenty of time to get back into this one.

Restart, collect ourselves and gain control.


Goal for Leicester

A nightmare start for City, as Sigsworth capitalises on a loose ball as Scott attempts to play the ball back and slots under Taieb.

(Can we start again?!)


Lest we forget

Impeccably observed.

Gareth Taylor and Jonathan Morgan also laid wreaths at the side of the pitch in tribute.

The players now take the knee and we are ready to go...


Come on!

As the two teams are read out over the tannoy, City head into a huddle for a final team talk.

Ellen White captains the side today. She always leads by example, putting her absolute all in and fighting for every ball.

A true inspiration.

We will have two minutes of silence before kick-off.


Countdown to kick-off ⚽

Atmosphere is building nicely here at the King Power.

The fans are taking their seats on the tunnel side - looks a decent attendance.

Our substitutes have just emerged from the tunnel, sporting commemorative poppies on their shirts for Remembrance Sunday.

And out come the two teams...


Wonder Weir 🤩

Well, well, well...

Not to be outdone, Caroline Weir just had another go at the chip - from further out - and this time, she nailed it.

Such a technically-gifted player.


Bullseye 🎯

Shooting practice for City's attacking stars at the moment - Ellen White looking particularly sharp.

Lauren Hemp has also just smashed an absolute rocket into the top corner, while Caroline Weir tried to recreate her iconic Manchester Derby chip - only to see this one strike the crossbar!

The City fans in the corner are trying to encourage the team by cheering each goal as if it's a real one!


Wing wonder ⚡

No player has completed more dribbles in the FA WSL this season than Lauren Hemp (9 of 15 attempted).

She has also taken two shots and created three chances directly following dribbles, the most of any player in the division. 


Did you know...? 👀

🔹 Chloe Kelly, Alex Greenwood, Filippa Angeldahl and Tessa Wullaert have all scored their first City goals against Leicester

🔹 City have won each of the last five matches against Leicester City in all competitions, including 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 and 6-0 wins. The 6-0 win came in September in the Women’s FA Cup, with Khadija Shaw netting a hat-trick

🔹  We have won all 18 of our WSL matches against newly-promoted teams, scoring 68 goals while only conceding five times. The only other sides to have won 100% of their matches against such opposition are Manchester United (5/5) and Aston Villa (1/1). 


Form guide 📈

City head into the game in encouraging form with two wins, a draw and a defeat in our last four games across all competitions.

This will also be our first league match since last month’s action-packed 2-2 derby draw away at Manchester United with City currently sit ninth in the table with one win, a draw and three defeats from our opening five games.

Leicester, who were promoted to the top flight at the end of last season, currently prop up the table having lost all five of their games so far.


Let's go 💪

City head out for warm-ups, looking very smart in the turquoise/aquamarine pre-match gear.

I'm sat in the press box with the travelling City faithful to the left of me.

The players are currently going through their strength and conditioning stretches, while the goalkeepers Karima Taieb and Grace Pilling and being put through their paces.

This must be amazing for teenager Pilling, gracing the glorious King Power Stadium pitch. It really is top-notch and a great boost for the women's game to have games played at these venues.



Some familiar faces in that Foxes line-up: former City stars Georgia Brougham and Abbie McManus, while Natasha Flint is on the bench.

Brougham and Flint played in our Continental Cup Final win over Arsenal in 2014... What a day that was!


Team news and tactics 👤

A much-changed line-up for City, as Gareth Taylor opts for six changes to the side that defeated Durham 3-0 in the Continental Cup in midweek.

Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh, Lauren Hemp and Caroline Weir replace Alanna Kennedy, Ruby Mace, Janine Beckie, Vicky Losada, Hayley Raso and Laura Coombs.

Stanway returns from her three-match suspension.

Karima Taieb is shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Greenwood, Scott and Stanway with Walsh protecting the back four.

Weir (fresh from her 100th appearance) and Filippa Angeldahl occupy central midfield, flanked by Hemp and Jess Park with captain Ellen White leading the line upfront.


Gareth Taylor 💬

“Let’s build some momentum. We go to a decent venue in the King Power Stadium facing Leicester – a team who came up from the Championship and a decent opponent, who fought really hard to get up.

“I’ve had good conversations with Jonathan [Morgan]. They did really well last season and we played them in last season’s FA Cup quarter-final, complimenting each other after the game.

“Then I saw him a few times at pre-season games and we had conversations around how things were going. Emile Heskey is there as an assistant, helping with the women’s set-up, so they have a good couple of guys who are passionate about wanting to do well and I’m sure they’ll achieve it.

“They’ve been unfortunate not to put points on the board but I don't think they're a million miles off the level required to stay in the league. I’m sure they’ll achieve that.

“These games often decided on scoring early on – it settles nerves and probably enables you to go on win comfortably. The longer it remains a tight scoreline, the energy levels go up.

“They’ve been unfortunate against Chelsea and other teams when they’re in it for long periods. Sometimes, you need a bit of luck to go your way.

“We really respect them as the team they are and what they're trying to achieve but it has to be about us - that we execute the objective of the game: to win and put in a good performance.

“We want to continue and use Thursday’s win, capitalise on it and use the momentum.”


It's matchday! ⚽

A very good afternoon from the King Power Stadium for this afternoon's FA Women's Super League trip to Leicester City.

It's a glorious November day - if a little chilly - and as always, it's a pleasure to bring you live text coverage of today's game.

It's another important one too for Gareth Taylor's side, as we look to climb up the table.

Team news will arrive in ten minutes and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the game on Twitter @ManCityWomen.

Come on, City!

Other games that day

  • Birmingham City Women0
    Reading Women3
  • Tottenham Hotspur Women1
    Manchester United Women1
  • Arsenal Women4
    West Ham United Women0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 6 +21 18
2 Chelsea Women 6 +13 15
3 Tottenham Hotspur Women 6 +4 13
4 Brighton and Hove Albion Women 6 +6 12
5 Manchester United 6 +1 11
6 West Ham United Women 6 0 8
8 Aston Villa Women 6 -6 7
9 Reading Women 6 -4 6
10 Everton Women 6 -7 6
11 Birmingham City Women 6 -13 1
12 Leicester City Women 6 -14 0
Link To Full Table