Man City boss accuses Arsenal manager of "bullying" after narrow 2-1 WSL loss

Manchester City felt to defeat against Arsenal on Sunday. Cr. Getty ImagesManchester City felt to defeat against Arsenal on Sunday. Cr. Getty Images
Manchester City felt to defeat against Arsenal on Sunday. Cr. Getty Images | Getty Images
Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor did not hold back on his thoughts towards the behaviour of his Arsenal counterpart Jonas Eidevall during Sunday's 2-1 defeat in the WSL.

Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor launched a scathing attack on Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall following the side's clash on Sunday, accusing him of "bullying" the officials.

Taylor's side suffered their first defeat of the season as the Gunners won the game late on when a mistake from goalkeeper Khiara Keating allowed Stina Blackstenius to tap home in the 87th minute and hand Arsenal a vital 2-1 win.

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The two WSL bosses were involved in several heated moments during the game and, speaking to BBC Sport, Taylor admitted he wasn't happy with the Swede's behaviour on the touchline.

"That is always the same with him (Eidevall) because he is constantly at the fourth official and I think it is bullying," explained the 50-year-old City boss.

"I am protecting the fourth official but that's not my job. I can just see that he gets away with it all the time" he added.

Steph Catley had put Arsenal into the lead after just 14 minutes but City were strong throughout and should have been level long before Chloe Kelly's strike 20 minutes from time, however, a glaring error from Keating would see Arsenal steal the points.

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The late goal for the Gunners puts them level of points with Taylor's side in the WSL as City lie in second place behind Chelsea but the head coach was frustrated his side didn't pick up all three points in London after a dominant performance.

"I think everyone who saw that game could see we should have won. We are feeling a little bit robbed," reflected Taylor.

"It's a similar story to last season. We created a lot of chances and we've got to be better at the top end of the pitch. The performance was very good. We dominated and there was a point when I thought they were out on their feet and there was only one team that was going to win" noted the head coach.

Manchester City now head to Liverpool as they begin their Continental Cup campaign before they welcome Brighton And Hove Albion to the Joie Stadium next Sunday.

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