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Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Manchester City at The Hive Stadium

The Hive Stadium Referee : Emily Heaslip
13th March 2022 12:30 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Tottenham Hotspur Women

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘64' Caroline Weir


Commentary By George Kelsey


That's all, folks ๐Ÿ‘‹

A huge three points for City, secured by Caroline Weir's close-range finish midway through the second half.

It wasn't pretty but, as the boss reflected, the most important thing was that we came away from the Hive with a win.

Our top three hopes are alive and kicking, with another crucial WSL clash coming on Wednesday when we welcome Reading to the Academy Stadium.

Until then, keep across and the Man City app for stats and reaction to today's win!


Gareth Taylor on top three race ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"(Manchester United) will be focusing on what they do, they got a decent win yesterday, we keep chipping away.

"People look at fixtures but there are no easy games.

"That was proven today, two teams going for it, not wanting to give anything away.

"It was pleasing for us to get the win and clean sheet."


Gareth Taylor on Ellie Roebuck ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"We got word back that she'd had a couple of contacts - she actually had one in training (as well).

"We had to make sure she was ok, she had some clouded vision. We couldn't take the risk.

"I don't know (if it's concussion). She took a facial knock yesterday, just a graze but our doctors and medics will make sure she's ok.

"You're never sure (about concussion) but why take the risk? We had to take her off."


Gareth Taylor on the result ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"It was an important win against an opponent in and around us.

"We spoke about winning ugly and that was pretty ugly - even the goal was scruffy, (but we) managed to get it over the line

"It's really pleasing, especially going into these games, on the back of success last week. It was important to get the win, however it came."


More from Georgia Stanway ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"It was a scrappy goal, but they all count!

"We just slightly changed our tactics, taking it out from the back and just finding the free player, having that bit of composure in the final third and bringing the control.

"It worked in the end but this is till a massive game that we need to learn from, moving forward we need to try and put away the chances that weโ€™ve created."


Georgia Stanway speaking to the BBC ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"It feels good (to get the win). We had to grind out today to try and get the three points, and thatโ€™s what weโ€™ve done.

"We canโ€™t play the blame game but the pitch and the conditions did affect us a little today but we battled through and managed to get the three points."


Winning permutations

City have now closed the gap on Spurs to just two points with a game in hand.

Should we win that match, we'll be just two points outside the top three as things stand.

A massive win at the Hive today.


Fara Williams on the BBC ๐Ÿ—ฃ

"It's a really important victory.

"It was a scruffy goal but City had to find a way today, they needed those three points and they did it."


Nearly there

Great work from White, who races forward and holds the ball up for a precious few seconds.

City are moments away from a huge win.


Final chance?

One last chance for Spencer to knock the ball forward as the hosts search for the equaliser.

City defending doggedly to preserve the lead.


Pressing high

City doing everything they can to keep the ball deep in the Spurs half, with Bronze, Stanway and Park all pressing high.

Bronze puts in a strong challenge on Harrop as the defender looks to bring the ball out from the back.


City pressure

A neat little one-two with Park and Stanway releases the former down the right, her cross is blocked behind for a corner but again the youngster's energy is causing problems.

Weir goes for the spectacular from the corner, but can't make a clean contact on the volley.


Roebuck treatment

Ellie Roebuck's down receiving treatment again, possibly as a result of that collision with Neville.

Hopefully she's okay, but it looks like Khiara Keating will be coming on for the final stages as a precaution.


Stanway strike

Another good chance for City to double our lead as Stanway races into space.

The midfielder's effort is over the bar though from a promising position.

At the other end, Ayane's inviting ball in from the left is slightly too high for Tang.


Ambitious effort

Summanen picks up play just outside the centre circle and spots Roebuck off her line.

The Spurs midfielder goes for the spectacular but her effort is off target.

Ambitious, but no dice.


Piling on the pressure

City keeping up the pressure on the Spurs goal, with Stanway and Park both trying to get a shot away inside the area before the danger is smothered.

The hosts clear the danger, but it's straight back to City - Gareth Taylor's side have Spurs pinned back.



A big collision between Neville and Roebuck as a cross is floated in from Harrop.

It's an inviting ball in from the left and Neville is well within her rights to go for it, but she's absolutely clattered into Roebuck as the goalkeeper claims the ball.

It looks like the midfielder's elbow has caught the City stopper flush in the face, and she's booked for the foul.

Thankfully Ellie is back on her feet and okay to continue.


Raso on the volley

City are continuing to exploit the spaces out wide, with Raso going close on the volley from Hemp's cross.

It might be the Australian's final act of the match with Jess Park getting ready to come on...



It's far from a vintage Weir finish (it's inside the box for one)... in fact it's probably the furthest thing from a vintage Weir finish... but she won't care!

The midfielder bundles the ball home from Raso's cross after the Spurs defence fail to clear.


Raso v Skinner

The ongoing battle between Raso and Skinner in the Tottenham net continues.

Stanway threads the ball in behind the Spurs defence beautifully, and the City winger races in on goal down the right.

Her effort is powerful but too close to the Spurs goalkeeper, who parries the initial effort before claiming the ball at the second time of asking.


Greenwood in the book

Alex Greenwood is shown the first yellow card of the match for a late challenge on Neville just inside the Spurs half.


Close on the counter

A rapid counter from City eventually sees Raso racing in down the right.

The winger is taken wide by Stanway's pass, and Zadorsky gets across in time to block the effort behind for a corner.



So close from Weir! The midfielder curls the free-kick up and over the wall, but the ball comes cannoning back off the post and away to safety.

The closest either side has come to finding the opener.


City chance

Stanway whips a dangerous corner into the far post, which is punched away by the rapidly retreating Spencer.

City recycle the play , with Stanway brought down in a promising position on the edge of the Spurs box...


City on top

Great feet from Stanway, as she slaloms her way through the Spurs defence before laying the ball out to Weir.

The Scot's cross is blocked, but City have had the hosts pinned back in their own half for the majority of these early stages.


Honours even

An evenly-matched encounter so far at the Hive.

Both teams have had a couple of chances apiece, but never really threatened the goal.

All to play for in the second 45...


"City need to up the intensity" ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Former England midfielder Fara Williams is part of the BBC's punditry team at the Hive.

"City need to up the intensity.

"They've dominated the ball and had chances down the flanks but when they get into that final third there has to be some dynamic movement.

"Tottenham are sat so deep, and City have been a bit too static."


Last chance saloon

A first real sight of goal for White, who is found by Weir inside the area.

City's captain can't make a clean contact on her left, and Spencer makes the save.


Late Spurs chance

Ayane picks up possession with her back to goal and tries her luck from a tight angle.

It's a clean strike, but into the side netting rather than troubling Roebuck.

Meanwhile, Raso picks up play down the right but can't find a teammate from a promising position, her cross being comfortably claimed by Spencer.



Raso continues to cause problems for Spurs and races to the by-line past Harrop.

The defender manages to recover and diverts the ball behind for a corner.


Clear foul

Raso is absolutely clattered by Neville deep in the Spurs half, but City don't get the free-kick.

Looking at the replays, the Spurs winger caught the Australian right across the ankles - definitely a foul but nothing given.

Neville's still in the thick of the action, chasing a loose ball in behind the City defence until Roebuck smothers.


Decent Spurs spell

Spurs win the ball back on the press with Summanen threading through Cho, but the hosts' number eight runs out of space in the box.

Percival then whips a dangerous ball in from the right but Roebuck rises highest to claim.


Spurs change

Kyah Simon's hand injury has been deemed too much of a risk for her to continue by the Spurs medical team, and she's replaced by Rosella Ayane.


City chance

Great bit of play from City, as Hemp's cross into the box is flicked on by White.

Raso can't make a clean contact on the volley under close attentions from Percival, and the offside flag eventually goes up.


Ouch ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Looks like Kiyah Simon's dislocated a finger, with referee Emily Heaslip halting the game while the medical team attend to the injury.

Now it's Hemp's turn to be seen to, as she clatters her knee into Harrop as she looks to scamper clear down the right.

Thankfully, it looks like both players will be okay to continue.


Raso on the runโšก๏ธ

Another half-chance for City as Raso finds some space down the left.

The Australian opts to cut inside rather than cross for a teammate in the box and her effort is blocked by a crowd of Spurs bodies.

Positive play from City.


Penalty shout?

Potential penalty appeal for City as Weir claims she's been bundled down inside the area by Summanen.

Referee Emily Heaslip isn't budging though, and Spurs can clear.


Fine margins โš–๏ธ

Alert goalkeeping from Roebuck once again, who is off her line to clear a through ball before Cho So-Hyun can pounce.

From the subsequent attack, Hemp can't quite find the diagonal run of White with a low cross in from the left.

A couple of times so far it's just been the final pass letting us down.


Access denied โŒ

A brief spell of penalty box pinball from Spurs' free-kick, but Stokes is able to lash it clear for a throw.

Two sides with little to separate them in the league standings have been very evenly-matched so far.


Spurs chances

A Spurs corner is played to the far post with Williams rising highest through a crowd of bodies.

The striker can't divert the ball on target, with Roebuck doing well to put her off.

A free-kick now for the hosts after White goes clattering into Clemaron from the subsequent throw-in.


Off target

A bright spell for City in the past few minutes, as Stanway fires towards goal from distance.

The midfielder can't make a clean connection and the effort flies wide of the target, but another suggestion that there'll be spaces to exploit this afternoon!



A first chance for Hemp to run at the Spurs defence, and it nearly creates the first goal!

The winger cuts inside and tries her luck, with her effort ricocheting off a defender and into the hands of Spencer.

That could've bounced anywhere and with White waiting in the wings to tap home, Tottenham will be counting their lucky stars!



Stanway is pulled back by Clemaron as she looks to accelerate into space around 45 yards from goal.

Greenwood knocks the ball into the Spurs box, but the hosts get rid of the danger.


Spurs strike

Williams tries her luck from distance but it's high and wide.

The Spurs forward had done well to shrug off the attentions of Bronze down the City right, but her ambitious effort was never going to trouble Roebuck.


Safe hands ๐Ÿงค

Neville dinks a lovely disguised ball in behind the City defence from the right, but Roebuck is off her line to smother the danger before Summanen can pounce.

Evenly-matched so far at the Hive.


Tough terrain

A great turn by Keira Walsh takes three Spurs attackers out of the game, but the midfielder's long ball to Hayley Raso is a little too short.

The pitch is looking a little bobbly, but City's passing game hasn't been affected as of yet.


Front foot

Ellen White puts Becky Spencer under pressure and the Spurs goalkeeper's clearance bobbles out for a throw.

City enjoy the early spells but no early chances of note...


Here we go ๐Ÿคž

Out come the players onto the pitch, City wearing our rather fetching training jacket (in my not so humble opinion).

A quick huddle and we're almost ready to go...


Gareth Taylor preview ๐Ÿ—ฃ

The City boss says the team have already put our Conti Cup final win behind us, with the focus now firmly on Spurs.

"(We're feeling) Pretty good, it seems a long time ago now (since the Conti Cup final), we've had a nice week of build-up to get some good training into the players.

"It's been about realigning focus, which is important. We recognise what we've been doing recently, and we have to try to maintain that, push on in other areas where we need to grow also."


This is a completely different City team ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Former Spurs defender Jenna Schillaci is part of the BBC's punditry team at the Hive today. She's expecting a different sort of match to September's reverse fixture.

"You've got a City team who've found form with key players back in the squad.

"It's going to be a completely different game and a tough ask for Tottenham if they want to keep their unbeaten home run."


Head to head ๐ŸฅŠ

City come into today's clash in great form, having won eleven of our last 13 matches in all competitions, including our last three on the bounce. We currently sit fifth in the FA WSL.

Spurs have enjoyed an exceptional season with 28 points from their 15 league games and find themselves in fourth spot - three points behind third-placed Manchester United and five above Champions League-chasing City.

Since losing to Taylor's side in the Conti Cup semi-finals, the Londoners are unbeaten in their last three but drew 0-0 against Reading last time out.

This will be the third meeting of the two teams this season with City victorious in our cup clash but Spurs edging the league encounter with a controversial late winner.


"An exciting few months ahead for City" ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Lauren Hemp is targeting a top three finish this season...

"The top three is really important for us and we really want to get there.

โ€œItโ€™s shown on the training pitch, and itโ€™s shown in the games recently that weโ€™re all so hungry and want this and we wonโ€™t stop until we get there.

โ€œWeโ€™ve struggled a bit this season and weโ€™re not afraid to say it, especially at the start.

โ€œIt was important we kicked on at the start of this year as well.

โ€œWeโ€™ve had a great year so far and itโ€™s been topped off with a trophy win so itโ€™s important we now kick on in the league and the FA Cup.

โ€œIโ€™m looking forward to it, itโ€™s an exciting few months ahead for City.โ€


New-look Tottenham?

Rehanne Skinner's side have lost just three of their last 16 WSL matches (W9 D4), having previously lost eight of the 10 games prior to this run.

That turnaround has been forged on the back of a steel defence, with only Arsenal and Chelsea keeping more WSL clean sheets than Spurs (7) this season.

They've kept three clean sheets in each of their last three matches, so we'll need to be at our best to claim maximum points today!


Away day joy?

The Hive has been a happy hunting ground for City in recent years, with Gareth Taylor's side claiming victory in each of our previous away fixtures against Spurs.

City came away with a 3-0 win in our last visit, but will need to be at our best to emulate that this time round...


White: Let's kick on from here ๐Ÿ—ฃ

Ellen White says City are looking to end the season firing on all cylinders after last weekendโ€™s Conti Cup triumph, starting against Spurs...

She said: โ€œWe really did want to win it, but we donโ€™t want to stop there.

โ€œItโ€™s amazing for the whole Club and for us, it gives us a lot of momentum to take into the remaining games coming up.

โ€œObviously, we want to get to the FA Cup final as well, keep pushing in the league and winning as many games as we can to ensure we get a Champions League spot.

โ€œCollectively, as a whole squad, we thank everyone for their support but weโ€™re not stopping here โ€“ we want to improve and win more games, climb that league and, as I say, get to the FA Cup final as well.โ€


On the front foot

The omens are looking good if City grab the opener today... we've only lost one of our last 32 WSL matches when scoring the first goal (W27 D4).

However, that one defeat did come in this seasonโ€™s reverse fixture against Spurs, when we were edged out 2-1 in our first home match of the campaign...


Today's team ๐Ÿ’™

Gareth Taylor names an unchanged side from our Continental Cup final victory last week.

Ellie Roebuck starts between the sticks, shielded by a back four of Lucy Bronze, Alanna Kennedy, Alex Greenwood and Demi Stokes.

Keira Walsh, Caroline Weir and Georgia Stanway form the midfield three, while Hayley Raso and Lauren Hemp provide width for captain Ellen White at the sharp end.

CITY XI: Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood, Stokes, Walsh, Weir, Stanway, Raso, Hemp White

SUBS: Keating, Coombs, Beckie, Angeldahl, Park, Shaw, Blakstad


Team news imminent ๐Ÿ“‹

Gareth Taylor said he had no fresh injury concerns in Friday's press conference - so a strong lineup is on the way...


Race for Europe ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Victory for either side could be vital in shaping the race for the top three in the WSL by the end of the season.

City currently sit fifth, one place and five points behind Spurs, but we do have a game in hand on today's opponents.

A win for Gareth Taylor's side would boost our European prospects massively, but if Tottenham were to get the better of us, only goal difference would separate them and third-placed Manchester United.

There's plenty at stake at the Hive Stadium today...


It's matchday ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ

Hello and welcome to today's Matchday Centre ahead of Manchester City's trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Women's Super League!

In our first match since winning last week's Continental Cup final, Gareth Taylor's side will be desperate to maintain our excellent recent form in an important game for our Champions League qualification prospects.

I'll be bringing you regular updates before, during and after the action, as well as the team news at 11:30!


Other games that day

  • Chelsea Women1
    Aston Villa Women0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Women0
    Arsenal Women3
  • Birmingham City Women0
    West Ham United Women1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 17 +35 40
2 Chelsea Women 15 +28 35
3 Manchester United 16 +19 31
4 Tottenham Hotspur Women 16 +7 28
6 West Ham United Women 16 -2 23
7 Reading Women 16 -7 23
8 Brighton and Hove Albion Women 17 -8 22
9 Everton Women 15 -11 17
10 Aston Villa Women 17 -20 16
11 Leicester City Women 17 -20 12
12 Birmingham City Women 17 -32 4
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