WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 18 Apr 2013

The new FA WSL campaign got underway last weekend, with the Blues forced to settle for a point having led against Birmingham City, eventually drawing 1-1.

Manager Emma Hayes reflected on the game, while assistant manager Paul Green looked ahead to Saturday's clash with Doncaster Rovers Belles…

Patience the key
A new-look Chelsea side, with six debutants on show, went in front through Sofia Jakobsson , who converted a Dunia Susi cross midway through the first half.

The visitors equalised shortly after, however, when Rachel Williams scored with a magnificent strike from long-range.

Both sides has opportunities to win it late on, but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.

Hayes remained upbeat as she looked back on the game, and believes her side will improve as the season progresses.

'There was a lot of effort and commitment, and there was a lot of anxiety because it's the first game of the season,' said the Blues manager.

'They want to make a good impression and I think we tired late on. Both teams had chances, but I think a draw was about a fair result.

'It's going to take us time. We had ten new players, and with that comes the challenge of trying to understand what we're doing. Some of them haven't played together a lot. We'll work on that game by game.'

Green faces former club
The Blues will be looking to secure a first league win of the new season when we play away at Doncaster Rovers Belles this Saturday, a game which sees assistant manager Paul Green return to his former club.

'I'm looking forward to it, it will be nice to see some old friends and go back to a club where I have some fond memories,' Green said.

'Their manager, John Buckley, gave me my big opportunity in the game and I'll always be indebted to him for that.

'However, I'm now at Chelsea, and it will only be a happy return for me if we head home with the three points.'

Potential debut for Brazilian
Saturday's game could potentially see a debut for our latest signing Ester. The Brazilian wasn't involved against Birmingham last week, but having trained regularly since her arrival, the defensive midfielder could play some part against Doncaster.

Doncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 20 April, kick-off 6.30pm.