Daly hails Dali as Ward praises draw with Man City in WSL that offers Villa hope

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RACHEL DALY praised Kenza Dali’s ‘particular expertise’ after Aston Villa derailed Manchester City’s title hunt clinching a 1-1 draw.

Kirsty Hanson’s first-half-leveller noticed the Residents drop factors at house within the league for the second time this season.

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Kirsty Hanson was on track for the guests who moved as much as fifth within the league after a 1-1 draw with Manchester CityCredit score: Getty
Khadija Shaw gave the Citizens an early home lead with her tenth league goal this term

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Khadija Shaw gave the Residents an early house lead along with her tenth league objective this time periodCredit score: Reuters
Carla Ward's side have claimed four points from their two league games against Man City this season

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Carla Ward’s aspect have claimed 4 factors from their two league video games towards Man City this seasonCredit score: Reuters

City, who’ve gone 13 video games unbeaten throughout all competitions, are presently 5 behind WSL leaders Chelsea. 

However they might find yourself eight factors off the Blues if the league leaders beat Liverpool at house on Sunday. 

Dali and Hanson, who’s on mortgage from Man United, helped pull the strings in Villa’s assault as they notched up their second win in a row for the reason that begin of this 12 months. 

Of Dali’s show, Daly, who beforehand performed alongside the France playmaker at West Ham, advised Sky Sports activities: “This lady’s a particular expertise.

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“She does not fairly get the credit score that she deserves.

“We had chemistry before (on the pitch) when we’re at West Ham together straight off the bat and we’ve brought it here.”

Victory for Villa has seen them go unbeaten towards City house and away in a WSL season for the primary time since their promotion to the highest tier in 2020. 

They put in an efficient counter-attacking show equalising inside three minutes of their hosts’ opener.

The group at the moment are fifth earlier than their league cup quarters conflict with Arsenal on Thursday. 

Villa boss Carla Ward stated: “I do not assume there’s been a recreation this 12 months the place we parked the bus. 

“If we will shorten the hole (between ourselves and different groups) over the following couple of years, it’s vital we proceed to play with the type and identification that we set out at the beginning of the season.

“To be honest this (efficiency) will give the ladies hope.

“We have gone out and competed with one of the best teams in the country and possibly dented their Champions League hopes.”

City obtained off to a flyer with Khadija Shaw nearly capitalising on a Villa error

The guests’ goalkeeper Anna Leat gave the ball away within the fourth minute with Chloe Kelly hitting the aspect netting moments later. 

And Gareth Taylor’s aspect took the lead within the twenty eighth minute with Deyna Castellanos poking house after an help threaded by means of from Shaw. 

However the guests burst their bubble shortly after with Hanson levelling simply minutes later, after a looped supply from Daly. 

The second spell noticed Kerstin Casparij come on for City after an damage to Esme Morgan with Rachel Corsie coming for Danielle Turner.

And each side got here near nabbing winners with Hanson thumping the publish with a curved effort and Shaw forcing an in depth vary save from Leat in damage time. 

City boss Taylor stated: “Our focus span was poor for the objective we conceded. 

Taylor's side will hope to return to winning ways when they visit Leicester in their next WSL fixture on February 4

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Taylor’s aspect will hope to return to profitable methods after they go to Leicester of their subsequent WSL fixture on February 4Credit score: Reuters

“We simply could not fairly get the symmetry proper.

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“It’s powerful (to concede a fast objective). It’s all the time horrible when that occurs.

“A point is not what we wanted. We wanted three points but I think given the performance, it’s a point that we appreciate.”



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