Andersson: It’s amazing to play at Kingsmeadow

Chelsea FC Women defender Jonna Andersson says she’s excited to be under the Kingsmeadow lights in front of the Blues fans as we take on West Ham United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this evening.

The Swedish defender has started both of our matches so far in 2022, seeing us beat this evening’s opponents 4-2 in the Continental Tyres League cup last week and drawing against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Both of those fixtures were away and Andersson explains just how excited she is to be back on home turf tonight.

‘I’m looking forward to it so much, just at home again with the fans! It’s just amazing to play at Kingsmeadow so I can’t wait to play the first home game of the year there. We’ll be looking for those three points, of course.’

The 29-year-old believes it could work in the Blues’ favour, having just played West Ham seven days ago.

‘It’s good for us, we had a good game, especially in the second half against them and I think we just need to work with the things that were good in the second half and just continue with what we did there.’

Andersson is also pleased that the Blues have the opportunity to put Sunday’s goalless draw against the Seagulls behind them, as the fixtures are now starting to come thick and fast for Emma Hayes’ side.

‘I think it’s a positive thing, it’s of course sometimes hard with a small squad but now it’s good. Even though it was a draw on Sunday we have to move on and focus on the next one.’

A hat-trick from Pernille Harder and a header from Erin Cuthbert wrapped up a comfortable win against West Ham in the quarter-final of the Continental Cup last week. Andersson discusses what she expects from the Irons this time around.

She said: ‘I expect West Ham to watch the game back and see what they could do better, so of course it’s going to be a tough game. Hopefully we can continue and build on what we did in the second half against them.

‘It’s still the same team and they probably have a game plan against us, no matter what we do. I still think that hopefully we can have a lot of possession and create a lot of chances, but of course they’ll watch it back and see what they can do better.'

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7pm UK time and can be viewed live on the BBC Red Button.

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