Ladies reaction: Thankful for four in a row
news Mon 30 Oct 2017
Despite Chelsea Ladies scoring six goals for the third time this season, manager Emma Hayes was most pleased with the clean sheet her side kept against Yeovil on Sunday.
In an entirely dominant performance by the Blues, we lead 4-0 with just over 20 minutes played in the WSL1 match at Kingsmeadow and the final score of 6-0 – achieved thanks to a two-goals apiece from Crystal Dunn, Karen Carney and Eniola Aluko – could have been doubled based on the chances created.
‘It's a good home performance but it's expected – we're at the top and Yeovil are the bottom, so I don't think it was a surprise about the outcome,’ said Hayes after the first game following the announcement she had extended her stay at the club until 2021.
‘We were 4-0 up within 20 minutes and that's not easy against any opposition. It's hard to maintain that throughout.
‘So far we have demonstrated our goal difference is heading in the right direction, but football isn't that easy – you can't always score 10 goals even thought you create a lot of chances.
‘I'm most proud of keeping another clean sheet – our fourth in a row in the league – and that players proved they could come into the team and produce a performance.’
Six changes were made from the starting line-up which took to the field against Bayern Munich in the Ladies’ last outing. The strength in depth was illustrated by a substitutes’ bench which was filled with international players.
‘To play for Chelsea everyone has to accept they are part of a big squad which is competing on four fronts,’ said the manager.
‘They have to fight hard in training every day to put themselves in my thoughts, and then they have to be ready when called upon.’
The next opportunity for the players to impress will be on Wednesday night, when the Blues begin our Continental Tyres Cup group-stage campaign with a trip to Brighton.