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Spence: Setting high standards

Drew Spence and Chelsea Women have their eyes firmly set on winning the Continental Tyres League Cup after sealing a spot in the quarter-finals.

The Blues thrashed Yeovil Town 7-0 at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday night, a result which confirms us as Group One South winners even before we complete the preliminary stage of the competition away at Tottenham Hotspur next week. Finishing first ensures a home tie against one of the group runners-up in the last eight, which is scheduled for the week commencing 7 January.

Spence was one of two players to net twice, along with Bethany England, while Adelina Engman, Erin Cuthbert and an own-goal rounded off the scoring to complete our biggest victory of the season so far.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who next month will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her first-team debut, took plenty of positives out of an impressive evening's work.

'We rotated the squad and as well as being pleased with my goals, I was also pleased with our performance,' she said.

'I think all the girls that came in for the game have all worked hard every week and obviously not everyone can play every game, so it was nice for them to play and they did us well.

'We wanted to keep up our high standards, going from a good win in the league on Sunday to a cup competition, and we just want to keep going from there.

'We take every competition seriously. We haven't won this trophy yet, it's something we want to win, so we're happy we're in the quarter-finals now.'
 

Attention now switches to Sunday's trip to Brighton, which is our final WSL match of what has been an excellent year for the Blues.

'Every game is big for us,' Spence said. 'We've dropped a few points this year and we're in the chasing position, so we need to make sure we keep going every day, working hard and keep collecting points.

'I think we've only conceded five goals in the league this season, all in that one game against Arsenal, but we're collecting momentum now, we're picking up wins and we're really happy with how we're going and we want to carry on.'
 

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