GARETH TAYLOR insists Manchester Citywill 'stay humble' after their a 6-0 demolition of Brighton.
A Lauren Hemp chip and a Victoria Williams own-goal were among the efforts that saw the Seagulls thrashed with three goals netted in three minutes.
And the victory saw the Citizens go fifth and four points behind Tottenham with the race for a Champions League spot wide open.
The City boss said: “We're trying to stay as humble as we can as we've had difficult moments this season where we have been really tested.
"This (result) was a good start to the New Year for us as Brighton never let up and Hope Powell always pushes her team until the last minute.
“We want to challenge at the top end of the table as much as we've done previously.
"We know that's been difficult with the situations we had earlier in the season.
“But things are starting to turn around a little bit for us now.”
City, who saw Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton return to action, had the bulk of possession and best scoring chances early on.
But they missed a number of opportunities to take a first-half lead.
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A strong Hemp header from a corner prompted a fine diving save from Megan Walsh in the third minute.
And a dangerous whipped in cross from Georgia Stanway was steered out of danger by Maya Le Tissier although the defender came close to scoring an own goal.
Hope Powell’s side grew into the first half and had a shout for a penalty around the 14th minute.
But their appeal was waved away by the referee with the flag going up for a player offside.
Moments later Danielle Carter latched onto a volleyed pass from Le Tissier andsent a thumping shot over the crossbar.
Brighton’s strongest chance to net came after the hour mark when Inessa Kaagman’s volley had Taieb scrambling before the ball bounced out of play.
The second spell saw City break Brighton’s resistance with Hemp causing problems down the left.
And they got off the mark in the 47th minute with the winger’s low cross into the box causing Williams to turn the ball into her own net.
Hemp got on the score sheet herself two minutes later with a deft chip over keeper Walsh.
The visitors made it three in the 50th minute with Georgia Stanway burying City’s third before Laura Coombs smashed in a fourth on the edge of the box.
The late stages saw Houghton make her first return to action in four months coming as a sub in the 68th minute.
Her side extended their lead with Hayley Raso netting before Vicky Losada’s deflected chip wrapped up the win.
The result saw Brighton notch up their fifth loss on the bounce ahead of the league game against Leicester.
Albion boss Hope Powell said: “At 3-0 down it’s very difficult to come back against a team of Man City’s calibre.
"I’m disappointed but I’ll take some heart from our first-half performance.”
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