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Emma Hayes hails dominant Chelsea Women display

Emma Hayes praised the battling qualities of her Chelsea Women's side which helped see off Everton to secure our place in the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.

There was some doubt whether the game would go ahead on Sunday afternoon, with overnight frost leaving the pitch subject to two inspections, which were both passed albeit with a one-hour delay to the scheduled kick-off time.

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The delay mattered not to Hayes' side, who began our defence of the trophy we won so impressively last year with a confident performance in a 2-0 victory, courtesy of second-half goals by Drew Spence and Hannah Blundell.

'I thought my team was dominant today,' said the manager. 'We did the hard part – and it's always the hardest part – which is battling. We had a lot of chances in the first half that we didn't convert. They were always going to get chances, but our goal came at a good time and we deserved it.

'We've been working hard on making sure we get numbers forward in the right moments, and it was a great attack from deep for our opener. Fran Kirby was outstanding today, she ran the line well and she's been working really hard in training, and goals have come as a result of the work off of her. It was a great effort today.'
 

The draw for the fifth round is due to take place this evening on the BBC News channel and then attention turns to the Continental Tyres League Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday.

'We knew we had the toughest tie of the round and we've come through it with flying colours,' she added. 'Now we're looking forward to playing against Manchester City, a side we know very well.'

- Chelsea Women meet Bristol City at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 20 February. Tickets are available online and all supporters will pick up a free Chelsea scarf on the night. 

 

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