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Hayes hails below-best Blues in title decider

Chelsea remained in charge of their own destiny after holding Manchester City to a 2-2 draw to stay two points clear at the top of the Women's Super League with two games to play.

Victory for City would have seen the sides swap places at the top going into the final weeks of the season but the Blues were able to control the match, despite not being anywhere near their best.

Pernille Harder scored from the penalty spot to give the holders a 2-1 lead at half-time after Sam Kerr and Chloe Kelly had swapped goals early on.

City knew they had to win to have a realistic tilt at the title and Lauren Hemp was able to draw them level after the break but whilst there were good late chances to win it for both sides, they had to settle for the draw.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: "It wasn't comfortable. It was one of those where we felt we had to see it out.

"The team as a whole stuck together and stayed composed when it mattered. They ultimately turned any fear into fun and at the end that was probably the only fun we had - at full-time.

"I was so relieved the game finished. I hated every minute of the second half! It was uncomfortable and painful. I'm delighted it's finished.

 Whilst far from conceding the title, City boss Gareth Taylor knows the task looks unlikely for his side.

"We had some good opportunities and then their keeper makes a world-class save. There is still a chance but you can understand the players' disappointment. It looked like we were going to get the late winner but we ran out of time in the end."

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