GEORGIA Stanway’s Man City paid the price for not finishing their chances in Sunday night’s FA Women’s Super League defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, according to manager Gareth Taylor.

The Barrow-born forward’s side had 18 shots to Spurs’ six but fell to a 2-1 reverse as the visitors came behind to snatch a shock victory ending City's 33-game home unbeaten run.

While the post-match analysis centred around the controversy of the winning goal – the ball seeming to strike Rosella Ayane’s hand before hitting Steph Houghton, bouncing off the post and in off Karima Benameur Taieb – Gareth Taylor asserted his side had no-one to blame but themselves.

“We need to take our chances,” he told the club's website. “We had more than enough, especially in the first half, to win the game.

“Looking at tonight and the way we got to the final third was really impressive. I spoke to the players at half-time and said they should be dead and buried but it’s always dicey when that happens.

“You always leave yourself open if you don’t take your chances. We should have been out of sight at half-time – maybe two or three goals up but if you leave the door open at 1-0, you always leave the team the opportunity to get back in. I’ve seen the second goal and it’s a terrible decision but we need to own it and make sure we don’t get into that situation by putting the game to bed a lot earlier than that. I take full responsibility and on another night, we win that game by four or five goals. I’m not the first coach who has sat in this position, and it’s not the first time I’ve sat in this position where you’ve dominated and then lose.”