Analysis

Hayes: Our energy supply

Emma Hayes pinpointed the strength of her squad as the key factor in Chelsea Women's late flurry of goals which saw off Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday.

The Blues closed out our WSL schedule for the year with a 4-0 victory on the South Coast, with all four strikes coming in the final 25 minutes of the contest.

The home side had frustrated us for much of the game, defending doggedly yet also providing a threat on the counter, but the introduction of first Bethany England and then Ali Riley and Jess Carter helped us secure a seventh win on the bounce.

After Magdalena Eriksson opened the scoring, England scored two goals either side of one from Ji So-Yun, moving us up to third place in the standings.

'We should have been 1-0 up anyway,' lamented Hayes of the referee's decision not to award a goal when Ji's early strike bounced down off the crossbar and over the line. 'It was a clear goal from Ji's effort.

'That being said, it gave Brighton encouragement and I felt we looked a little leggy at times. It was one game too many in the last couple of weeks, but it just showed the quality we've got on the bench, because it isn't about 11 players. The 11 who started the match didn't deliver the performance we were looking for, but the players from the bench did.
 

'I'm happy we were dogged, even though the game involved far too many transitions, but I think that was due to fatigue. I'm just pleased the players came from the bench to deliver what they work so hard for.

'Ini Umotong is a handful and once she starts to push you a little bit deeper, the gaps grow between units and that makes it harder to get around the second ball. I thought we struggled with that. We lacked energy where we needed it, and that's where the subs really helped, because they brought the one thing missing from the performance, and that was energy.'
 

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