Man City Drop First Points of the Season
Manchester City were back in action for the second time in a week on Wednesday. After their excellent win over rivals Chelsea last week, they now had the difficult task of repeating that result away to Liverpool.
Liverpool, still heartened, after their emphatic win at Sunderland, were determined to carry that success forward and were undaunted at the prospect of going against the league leaders.
Right from the start, Liverpool were well organised and compact in what was at times a very physical game. This made it difficult for City to keep possession and play their usual game. And when they did get into the Liverpool half, the Reds had the whole team behind the ball to restrict City’s chances in front of goal.
But there were efforts on goal from both sides with City having most of them. Jane Ross, Toni Duggan and Jennifer Beatie all tried their luck after Nikita Parris had a shot from distance well saved by Chamberlain. Lucy Bronze also went close letting loose two shots in a minute after the break.
Liverpool’s best chance came from Rosie White whose header bounced off the bar in the seventy eighth minute.
Overall, though, both goalkeepers looked very comfortable and neither one really looked threatened.
In the second half, City upped the tempo looking for a winner and brought on Christiansen, Corboz and Stanway, but the hosts withstood the pressure and held on for a draw.
Despite holding fourth spot in the table, Liverpool have conceded more goals than any other team in the WSL. This is something that they have been clearly working on and they have now kept two clean sheets in a row.
Man City will take this result in their stride. There will be other teams who won’t even try to compete with City at football – but just try to stop them playing – so, it’s unrealistic to expect them to go a whole season without dropping any points. The Blues still haven’t lost a match in the WSL or even conceded a goal – and that’s remarkable in itself.