Chelsea Women defender Jonna Andersson discusses beating Arsenal, her wonder goal in the game and tomorrow’s home match, plus there is news of three Chelsea players called up by England for a warm-up tournament ahead this summer’s World Cup…
It took defender Jonna Andersson until mid-February to open her goalscoring account for the season but it was a goal well worth waiting for.
The Swede netted with a screamer from outside the penalty area to establish a 2-0 advantage against Arsenal in the Women’s FA Cup, with the Blues going on to win 3-0 and set-up a quarter-final tie against Durham.
So where did Sunday’s special strike rank among the goals Andersson has scored throughout her career?
‘I think it is the best one,’ she tells the official Chelsea website.
‘It was an important goal as well, a 2-0 goal, and I had a nice feeling when I hit the ball and it was an amazing feeling when I saw it was going to be a goal.
‘I saw there was a space, I just called for the ball and it was a good touch and I hit it on the second touch.
‘I saw that the ball swerved and I think it was too hard for the goalkeeper. It was in the middle of the goal so I was a little bit scared she was going to get a hand on it, but I think it was too hard for her so it went in.’
Andersson registered five goals for Chelsea last season, her first at the club having signed in December 2017.
‘We’ve changed formations,’ she explains. ‘I was more like a wing-back last season so I was a little bit more at the back post, but I am trying to be an offensive full-back even if we are playing with a back-four, by doing crossing and passing. But of course it is fun to score goals as well, especially when I scored a few last season.’
Bethany England scored the two either side of Andersson’s against Arsenal. The first came with just five minutes played.
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‘It was important to get an early goal,’ Andersson says. ‘We were struggling a bit in the first half in a few games and we have got better in the second half, but now we have two goals in the first half and when we got the third goal it felt like it was game over. We did a really good second half, we just controlled it, played where there was a big space and so yes, it was a good game overall.’
There is little time to savour that cup success though as the WSL returns to Kingsmeadow as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday) evening with the visit of Bristol City. Tickets are just £6 adults and £3 juniors/seniors and those attending will receive a free scarf.
‘It is an important league game and we have a good feeling from the FA Cup game so we want to keep going,’ notes Andersson.
Meanwhile, three of Andersson’s team-mates, Fran Kirby, Karen Carney and Carly Telford have been named in the England squad for the SheBelieves Cup, the annual invitation tournament contested by the Lionesses, Brazil, Japan and host nation the United States. It begins at the end of this month.
On this occasion Millie Bright has not been called up as she is to remain with Chelsea as part of the long-term management of her return to full fitness.
England Women manager Phil Neville said: ‘It’s obviously disappointing for Millie to miss out on the SheBelieves Cup through injury, but our priority - and Millie’s - is to manage her rehabilitation very carefully.
‘We are taking a long-term approach to her recovery process to ensure she is back to full fitness in time for this summer’s World Cup in France.’