Hayes: What winners do

Emma Hayes was pleased her Chelsea Ladies found a way to defeat Everton despite their performance not meeting the usual high standard.

The Blues were back in WSL1 action at Kingsmeadow on Sunday for the first time since beating Arsenal at the start of January, taking on the side second from bottom in the table.

However, the Toffees belied their league position by producing a spirited performance, although they were left to rue a missed penalty when Jonna Andersson popped up with a late winner for Hayes’ side.

‘I've never won a league without a game like that,’ said the manager. ‘You're not the better team, you don't know how you've won the game, but you still take the three points. That's what winners do.

‘We were poor, by our standards. In the first half we lacked aggression and we didn't show the necessary fight you need to in a game like this. We lacked the basic qualities in the first and second phases to get near the ball.

‘There were a few words exchanged at half-time and I changed the shape to open the pitch up a little bit. The three subs came in and won the game for us. It wasn't just fresh legs, it was their quality in possession.

‘I felt Jonna was a bit too negative going forward in the first half and we spoke to her about that at half-time, but she took on board the advice and it was such a composed finish from her. It was a patient build-up, too, and a great goal to get us the win.’

On Thursday, the top two in the WSL go head-to-head in a crucial encounter at Kingsmeadow. Click for ticket info. As this is a rescheduling of a game postponed due to bad weather, supporters who purchased tickets for the original match and can attend the new date should use the original tickets purchased, as they remain valid.