LADIES REPORT: BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 CHELSEA 1
Chelsea Ladies fell to a third successive defeat at the hands of Birmingham City in the FA Women's Super League.
After Isobel Christansen had put the West Midland side ahead, former England international Jo Potter drilled home a ferocious drive.
Both goals came in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the closing stages were tense after a fine 72nd-minute strike by Blues' substitute Hannah Blundell.
In an evenly contested first half, Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford had to make early saves from right winger Kirsty Linnett and left-back Kerys Harrop.
But after Birmingham keeper Marie Hourihan had to turn aside Swedish striker Sofia Jakobsson's close-range effort, we pushed hard for an opening goal and looked the more likely.
Jacobsson's strike partners Helen Ward and Eni Aluko both went close, Hourihan denying Ward then former Birmingham player Aluko having a shot blocked.
Just 12 seconds into the second half, however, we went behind as Christiansen raced on to a Linnett pass to score from a tight angle.
The lead was then doubled in the 55th minute, Potter pouncing on a loose ball to fire in what will be a strong goal of the season contender.
Emma Hayes's side were rocked, but we quickly recovered to hit back and reduce the deficit with a superb goal of our own.
Left-back Blundell had been on the pitch only two minutes when she cut in from the touchline to drive a 20-yard shot into the far corner of the net.
Following the goal we pushed hard for an equaliser, but Birmingham held out to record their first WSL win of the season.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Carly Telford; Dunia Susi, Kylie Davies, Katie Holtham, Olina Vidarsdottir (Hannah Blundell 70 mins); Edda Gardarsdottir (Ester 52 mins), Danielle Buet; Helen Bleazard (Drew Spence 62 mins, Eniola Aluko, Sofia Jakobsson; Helen Ward.
Subs Not Used: Jess Myers, Naomi Cole, Laura Coombs, Kate Longhurst
Referee - Simon Barrow
Attendance - 316