Chelsea Women midfielder Sophie Ingle waxed lyrical after the Blues showed experience to overcome a stubborn Real Madrid side in the UEFA Women’s Champions League at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday.

The Welsh international netted the first of two second-half goals against our Spanish opposition, finding space inside the box and heading home from close range, after Millie Bright had helped the ball on from an Erin Cuthbert corner.

After her superb strike against Tottenham on Sunday, Cuthbert went one better and doubled our advantage with another sensational finish, this time from the right wing, looping the ball into the far corner of the net to send us five points clear at the top of Group A.

As previous experience in this competition has proven, there is no room for complacency with three games still to play in the group phase. Ingle said concentration and composure were key to helping us towards securing another important three points.

‘The hard work, we made it hard for them,' the 31-year-old said. 'They had a lot of the ball, especially in the first half, but we were compact in our shape. We forced them to make mistakes and we were really patient.

‘At half-time, we said we needed to be a bit better on the ball. We gave it away too much, too easily. We defended really well, but then we gave it back to them.’

Having identified elements of our game that needing refining after the first 45 minutes, Ingle saw room for improvement in our use of the wide areas, and both goals came from good work down the right-hand side in the second half.

‘We said we needed to be better on the ball, get it out wide, go one-v-one and put better crosses into the box. The goal was a set-piece, right place right time, I’d say. Millie was in the right place, she flicked it on and I was at the back post to tap it in.’

There was no denying the difficult nature of the assignment ahead of kick-off, but Ingle lauded a crucial three points and praised the superb support from the fans, who came out in force on a bitterly cold night in the capital.

‘They’re a great team and it’s not an easy result against them. People will see 2-0, but they made it hard for us. It’s a great result, the fans were great again so we want to thank them.

‘It’s amazing, we say it every time we play here. The fans are phenomenal, they come out in all weathers. It’s freezing tonight, it’s late, a lot of kids are here who have school tomorrow. We thank them and please come again!’