Chelsea Women winger Katerina Svitkova spoke of her joy after tasting victory on her Blues debut as she helped us fight back to beat West Ham United 3-1 at Kingsmeadow.
Having been an unused substitute in our first two matches of the season, Svitkova was handed her debut from the start by Emma Hayes as we hosted West Ham in our third fixture of the Women’s Super League.
After coming away with a victory following a dominant performance against her former club – Svitkova left the Hammers after two years to join Chelsea in July – the Czech Republic international was clearly pleased with how her first game for the Blues went.
‘It’s amazing obviously to win and I think that we performed very well, so what more can I ask for?’ she said with a grin after the final whistle at Kingsmeadow.
Svitkova more than played her part in the victory, too, as she had a major role in all three Chelsea goals, including providing the corner which Millie Bright headed in for our third to make the three points safe, as Hayes and her coaching staff showed great trust in their new signing by handing her set-piece duties in her first game.
‘I’m so glad that I could help the team to win, but obviously just to play and win, it’s amazing.
‘They told me to take the corners. Obviously they knew that I was taking them at West Ham and I take them for the national team, so they knew that I can do it. So, yeah, they trusted me and it paid off.’
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Svitkova and Chelsea on her debut, as we went behind just three minutes in when Dagny Brynjarsdottir headed in for West Ham from a corner of their own, and were frustrated by the woodwork denying us an equaliser on two occasions.
The Blues weren’t fazed by the setback, though, continuing to dominate possession throughout, finding the equaliser before half-time and then racing away into a deserved lead in the second half, meaning the players can head into the international break on the back of two wins in the space of four days, following Sunday’s home victory over Manchester City.
‘Obviously we didn’t start how we wanted,’ added Katerina. ‘Especially as we knew that Dagny is going for these corners and she is very dangerous from them, but it happened and we reacted very well.
‘We knew that we are a good team, we knew that we have good players, on the pitch and on the bench. So we just worked hard, we played how we wanted to play and it paid off.
‘We didn’t get frustrated. Everyone had in our heads that we knew that we would score, it just took some time. But we had so many chances, so we knew that if we kept going they couldn’t keep defending against it so we would score.
‘It’s what we wanted and we worked hard for it, so obviously it’s a good way to go away to our national teams and we are happy.’