Sam Kerr emphasised the importance of taking one game at a time after her second-half header helped Chelsea Women past Aston Villa and into the final of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May.
Carla Ward’s side proved a tough nut to crack in our semi-final tie at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Sunday, however Kerr’s header just shy of the hour mark made the difference as the Blues booked a date with Manchester United in the showpiece final at Wembley next month.
Lauren James and Eve Perisset went closest for Emma Hayes’ side during the first half and struck the woodwork through Jelena Cankovic soon after the restart. Our patience was dually rewarded when Guro Reiten’s floated cross was buried at the back post by Kerr.
After scoring her 50th Barclays WSL goal against Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League a fortnight ago, the Australian picked up where she left off and described her emotions at reaching another cup final with the Blues.
‘I feel good, I should have had another one at the end but it’s nice we kept a clean sheet,' Kerr said.
'It’s a hard place to come here and win so I feel good about it. It was a gutsy performance, first half was 50-50. We did well and when there is a cup final on the line everyone gets a little bit of a boost.
‘We defended really well and did what we had to do to get over the line. They put on a really good performance and we knew they’d be different from last time, but I think we matched it.’
As we compete across three different competitions, our schedule makes for hectic reading between now and the end of the season. Kerr chooses to approach each game individually, and was full of praise for the work done behind the scenes to best prepare the team.
‘As a player, I take it game-by-game but the coaches probably have the harder job! We leave that up to them and we focus on what we need to do on the pitch. We have amazing backroom staff that get us ready so us as players can just focus on game-by-game.’
Next, we face Barcelona in our UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. With memories of the quarter-final still fresh in the mind, Kerr is relishing the chance to be back at the Bridge in front of our supporters just under a week from now.
‘It feels at the moment that every game is a knockout, a semi-final or a final. It’s exciting to have Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final of the Champions League.
'It’s an amazing feeling and hopefully all our fans get out because they got us over the line last time against Lyon, so we’re looking forward to it.’
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