The WSL title race got a shot in the arm but a big win for Everton was overshadowed by a serious injury

Manchester City’s midfield dominance and defensive consistency proved crucial once more in a statement 1-0 win over Chelsea on Friday night. Much has been rightly made of their forward players but Gareth Taylor’s side demonstrated how mature and resilient they have become. Whether it was Yui Hasegawa’s calm presence in front of the back four, Laura Coombs’ consistency, the strength of the ever-developing centre-back partnership between Alex Greenwood and Laia Aleixandri or the emergence of Jess Park, it was a display that emphasised their position as title contenders. It wasn’t always pretty and they had to dig deep as Chelsea dominated the ball and pushed them back in the second half, but confidence is a powerful tool and once they had their noses in front – perhaps inevitably through a Khadija Shaw goal – they did not wilt under the pressure. The victory was their 11th straight in all competitions, an impressive run that stretches back to November. Sophie Downey

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