Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham: ‘Literally two hands’ in Spurs winner says Gareth Taylor

Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham: ‘Literally two hands’ in Spurs winner says Gareth Taylor

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor said it was “literally two hands” from Spurs striker Rosella Ayane that helped them grab a controversial late winner in the Women’s Super League.

City, who suffered their first league defeat at home since April 2018, had led through Lauren Hemp’s header.

Rachel Williams equalized before there was a clear handball from Ayane in the build-up to a winner in the 86th minute.

“It’s pretty incredible that we haven’t had it descaled,” Taylor said.

“We should have been out of sight when it got there, and it should have been a consolation to them. But in the end, it’s something we do not want to happen.

“We want to improve standards across the board. There were a few questionable decisions tonight and that was certainly one of them.

“If the officials were to look it back, I’m pretty sure they would say the target shouldn’t have stood. I don’t think it was a hand. It was literally two hands.”

Last weekend, there were a number of controversial decisions in the WSL, with Taylor among them supporting the introduction of goal technology and video assistant referees.

The city boss, however, said officials “did not need the third eye” to watch Ayane’s handball.

“It completely interrupted Steph Houghton from clearing the ball. It does not help us,” he added.

“We had it last season – the handball down in Chelsea that went against us, the penalty here against Chelsea that was never a penalty …

“We’re only in round two and there’s been some pretty controversial decisions in the game.”

Spurs ended a 19-game unbeaten run for Manchester City in the WSL

The defeat was a disruption to Manchester City’s title challenge this season and ended a disappointing week in which they blasted out of the Women’s Champions League in the qualifying phase for Real Madrid.

They had been dominant in the first half – Hamp and Janine Beckie caused problems outside, while Georgia Stanway hit the post before the break.

But despite taking the lead through Hemp’s sixth-minute header, City failed to capitalize on their chances and Tottenham started brightly in the second half.

The visitors got the breakthrough when Williams reacted to castle in the Chioma Ubogagus cut and could have gone ahead when Jessica Naz fired wide after a foul by City defender Alanna Kennedy.

The extraordinary scenes followed as Ayane clearly touched the ball with her outstretched arms as it curled into the box. It bounced off City captain Steph Houghton before hitting the post and then rolling across the line behind goalkeeper Taieb.

City players protested loudly in front of a stunned home crowd, but Tottenham held on to pick up their second win of the season.

“I thought we deserved a chance,” Tottenham boss Rehanne Skinner said when asked about the incident.

“It is clear that we have created a crossing situation, and based on that we have managed to take a chance against a team that is difficult to collapse.

“We created more chances in that phase of the match, so I thought we had earned it. From what I’ve seen, it looked like Praise [Ayane] tried to lead it and then we got a shot. “


Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Benameur
  • 14MorganBooked after 11 minutesReplaced forAngeldalon 15 ‘minutes
  • 6Houghton
  • 33KennedyReplaced forShawon 73 ‘minutes
  • 5Greenwood
  • 17Losada
  • 7Coombs
  • 10Stanway
  • 11BeckieReplaced forParkon 62 ‘minutes
  • 18white
  • 15Hemp


  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 12Angeldal
  • 16Park
  • 21Shaw
  • 30Mace
  • 35Keating

Tottenham women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Spencer
  • 13But
  • 5Bartrip
  • 3ZadorskyReplaced forHarropon 90 + 5 ‘minutes
  • 29NevilleReserved in 90 minutes
  • 12Percival
  • 21Clemaron
  • 4GreenReplaced forUbogaguon 45 ‘minutes
  • 7influenceReplaced forAddisonon 82 ‘minutes
  • 17SimonReplaced forGrahamon 61 ‘minutes
  • 10WilliamsReplaced forAyaneon 81 ‘minutes


  • 1Korpela
  • 2Morgan
  • 6Harrop
  • 8Give
  • 9seaweed
  • 14Addison
  • 16Graham
  • 18Ubogagu
  • 23Ayane

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