Beth England and Erin Cuthbert scored to seal Chelsea a 2-0 victory over West Ham and transfer them again into second within the WSL desk behind leaders Arsenal.
It was the second assembly in every week between the 2 sides, with Chelsea having knocked West Ham out of the Conti Cup final Wednesday with an exciting 4-2 victory.
Whereas the objectives didn’t fairly rain as they’d executed every week in the past, it was one other dominant efficiency from Emma Hayes’ aspect. They ended a run of two WSL video games and not using a aim as England (51) turned dwelling from shut vary shortly after her introduction as an alternative.
Cuthbert (82) then added a beautiful second with a chipped end, sending Chelsea again above Manchester United into second place. The strain is on for leaders Arsenal – who face Brighton within the WSL on Thursday, reside on Sky Sports activities – with only a level now separating the perimeters.
After a reasonably even begin, Chelsea started to seek out their rhythm and had two great possibilities to go forward inside quarter-hour. The primary noticed Anna Leat spill a excessive catch from a Chelsea nook, however Niamh Charles lifted a bouncing ball over the crossbar from shut vary. Quickly after, Leat made a sensational cease to maintain out Pernille Tougher’s fierce header.
- Chelsea made two adjustments from their goalless draw with Brighton. Jess Carter and Drew Spence dropped to the bench, with Sophie Ingle and Niamh Charles into the XI.
- West Ham made three adjustments after beating Everton 3-0 final trip. Gilly Flaherty and Abbey-Leigh Stringer had been among the many subs, with and Dany Brynjarsdottir not within the squad by way of sickness. Hawa Cissoko returned from suspension, with Emma Snerle and Melisa Filis additionally again into the XI.
Cuthbert delivered some great balls into the realm and virtually discovered the web herself after an outstanding Chelsea transfer. Fran Kirby picked out the Scotland worldwide to her proper, however Cuthbert powered her effort over the crossbar.
West Ham provided little on the different finish. The closest they got here was simply earlier than the half an hour when Aniek Nouwen’s harmful clearance hit Claudia Walker on the again contained in the 18-yard field, however the ball fortunately deflected away from the goal.
Leat continued to be examined because the half continued. She made an excellent, low save from a Chelsea nook after Millie Vivid nodded her method. Quickly after, an outstanding solo run and eventual shot from Tougher pressured one other save. The Chelsea ahead then despatched a fierce header extensive, beating two West Ham defenders within the air.
Six minutes after the break – and her introduction as an alternative – England fired Chelsea forward. Cuthbert’s preliminary effort was palmed away by Leat, however England was lurking at shut vary to show dwelling for her fiftieth WSL aim.
Chelsea stored pushing instantly after the aim. England was unable to maintain a Kirby cross underneath her management inside the realm, with the previous additionally twice testing Leat, however they had been in the end simple collections for the goalkeeper.
The Blues continued to see the higher of the play and at last capitalised with a second aim late on. Kirby did fantastically nicely to seek out some house and lay the ball off for Cuthbert. It was then a beautiful, floated end that beat the leaping Leat, including to the hand she had within the opener.
Whereas a defensive show was anticipated, West Ham ended the sport with none pictures on course or any pictures in any respect within the second half. Their five-match unbeaten run within the WSL involves an finish, and the Hammers stay in seventh with 17 factors.
Hayes happy with ‘scrappy’ objectives
Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes to BBC Sport:
“We deserved to win the sport, we had sufficient possibilities, particularly within the first half… I am simply pleased we scored scrappy objectives. I’ve acquired the workforce that wishes to attain probably the most good aim so I am delighted. The finishes had been scrappy.
“We have needed to stroll the ball into the web and I’ve stated earlier than, we’re creating the very best xG, probably the most possibilities throughout the league however we do not rating sufficient objectives for the quantity we create. So the kind of objectives, I would like extra of these objectives from us.
“This league is hard. West Ham are a very good aspect and I can see why they’ve solely misplaced just a few video games within the league this season. That stands for the remainder of the league too, it is a good league.”
On England sub: “The fact was we would have liked that and I believed her response was nice, her width was nice, she did an excellent job for the workforce. That is her fiftieth WSL aim and I am delighted with how shortly she settled into the second half.
“Beth is first to react and that is why she’s on the scoresheet as a result of she feared that it would not go in. We have so many nice gamers that may end with a variety of finishes, however typically I believe you simply want objectives like tonight.”
On reverting to a again three: “I usually change. I felt like with no Magda [Eriksson] that we have misplaced a little bit little bit of management in there so Aniek’s come into the workforce – I believed she was good tonight. For these causes, we determined to go together with a again three reasonably than put Aniek ready the place maybe she’s nonetheless studying.”
Participant of the match – Erin Cuthbert
A aim and serving to to arrange one other just isn’t a nasty night’s work from Cuthbert. She topped the charts for pictures (5), pictures on course and pictures within the field (each three), plus whole duels (10) and aerial duels (3).
Hayes stated of Cuthbert after the sport: “Erin is aware of what I have been asking of her, that the variety of objectives she will get for the variety of possibilities she will get just isn’t sufficient. That is the subsequent step for her.
Chelsea: Berger (7), Vivid (7), Ingle (7), Nouwen (7), Cuthbert (8), Andersson (7), Charles (7), Reiten (7), Fleming (6), Tougher (7), Kirby (8).
Subs used: England (7), Carter (6), Spence (n/a), Abdullina (n/a).
West Ham: Leat (7), Parker (7), Fisk (7), Cissoko (7), Wyne (6), Filis (6), Snerle (6), Svitkova (6), Longhurst (6), Walker (6), Evans (6).
Subs used: Stringer (6).
Participant of the match: Erin Cuthbert.
“She’ll flip spherical to me and say ‘nicely put me in that space extra usually’ as a result of she’s all the time acquired one thing to say for herself!
“She’s a superb character, she’s performed 150 video games for us. She’s a worrier and he or she’s acquired completely every little thing to her sport.”
Opta stats – Chelsea ease previous West Ham
- Chelsea have stored a clear sheet in 7 of their 11 video games, no workforce has executed this extra within the Girls’s Tremendous League this season.
- Fran Kirby has assisted 6 objectives this season (1 on this sport), no participant has extra within the Girls’s Tremendous League.
- West Ham tried three pictures on this sport, their lowest whole in a single match within the Girls’s Tremendous League this season.
- Lucy Parker tried 70 passes on this sport, the very best whole for a West Ham participant within the Girls’s Tremendous League this season.
Chelsea have two large cup fixtures developing, travelling to Aston Villa within the Girls’s FA Cup fourth spherical on Saturday earlier than a Conti Cup semi-final in opposition to Manchester United subsequent Wednesday. They are going to return to WSL motion on Sunday February 6, taking over Man Metropolis at dwelling; kick-off 12.30pm.
West Ham journey to Sheffield United of their FA Cup fourth spherical fixture on Sunday. They then journey to Aston Villa within the WSL on Sunday February 6; kick-off 6pm.