Maren Mjelde has highlighted the important contribution of young players Lauren James, Sjoeke Nusken, and Aggie Beever-Jones after all three found the net in Chelsea's win over Liverpool.
The Blues hosted Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Women’s Super League on Saturday afternoon and maintained a 100 per cent home record in this season’s competition with an emphatic 5-1 victory.
However, just as pleasing as the margin of victory for Mjelde – who captained Chelsea in the absence of Millie Bright – was the identity of the scorers.
James struck her first hat-trick for the club and was joined on the scoresheet by summer signing Nusken, and Academy graduate Beever-Jones, who made it four goals in as many WSL fixtures.
‘It’s really good to see,’ said Mjelde. ‘They’re all young players as well and the way they’ve been contributing this season is so good.
'It’s good for us to know that we have multiple goalscorers in the team and that they all have four goals each now in the league is wonderful. It’s good to see.’
Despite the one-sided scoreline, it was far from an easy victory for the Blues. Mjelde acknowledged it wasn’t until the second half that things became comfortable and we secured the result, but underlined that is just further evidence of this Chelsea side’s determination.
‘It’s a really good result. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Liverpool have started the season really well. The first half I think was tough for us, but then we just get better and better.
‘We made changes, they got tired and we just keep going the whole time. I think that is something that has become our character. We never give up and we just keep going. I think we showed that on Saturday.’
Another pleasing aspect of the win for the Norwegian was the fact it came so soon after the midweek trip to Spain, where we got our UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign off to a promising start with a 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid.
‘We want to win every game we play,’ added Mjelde. ‘After a tough week we ended it with a good win, a solid win. So I’m really proud of the team and the performance.
‘We didn’t have many days to prepare, only one day really, after the late game against Madrid. But the girls are really professional, everyone knows what it takes to win, and I think this was a really good performance.’