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Bristol City WFC 0-3 Chelsea FCW, Women’s Super League: Post-match reaction

The morale boost we needed

Bristol City v Chelsea FC - Barclays Women’s Super League Photo by Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

Chelsea Women faced two of their toughest opponents this season in a span of four days, and they had to endure tough scorelines as a result of performances that were just not up to our standards. And we’re set to end the year facing BK Häcken in Sweden, after they held us goalless at the Bridge only a few days ago.

Recovering our spirits, and thus our confidence in scoring goals and winning matches, was much needed. There might not have been a better opponent to do so then Bristol City.

Chelsea completely dominated the first half against the Robins, with only a few advances that bothered goalkeeper Hannah Hampton in her first ever Chelsea appearance. When she was truly called into action, she really did well to stop Bristol from getting their goal at the end of the half.

Meanwhile in attack, Lauren James made magic.

Erin Cuthbert soon followed suit.

The Blues could have had more goals via Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr, but Bristol’s shot-stopper Olivia Clark did the deed and stopped both from enlarging our first-half advantage. We still went back to the tunnel with a fair advantage considering how well we were playing against Bristol City.

Chelsea could have stepped back and save energy for the upcoming trip to Sweden by just protecting their two-goal lead. What we saw instead was the Blues being even better with their shots on goal, forcing Clark into even more interventions.

But as she did twice in the first half, she would do it again in the second one. Sam Kerr flew high and with a header, she beat the opposing keeper for our third goal today.

After Kerr’s goal and the carousel of Chelsea subs, our best chance to score came via Aggie Beever-Jones. However Clark went as far as getting injured to stop the youngster from recording her sixth league goal this season.


  • I had Sjoeke Nüsken in midfield and Sophie Ingle as centre-back next to Jess Carter. Turns out it’s the opposite!
  • Subs are Mia Fishel for Sam Kerr, Aggie Beever-Jones for Guro Reiten, Jessie Fleming for Fran Kirby, Maika Hamano for Lauren James, and Ève Pérriset for Ashley Lawrence.
  • Blink and you’ll miss Lauren James scoring one of the best goals of the season thus far.
  • Erin Cuthbert’s volley was superb as well.
  • Great intervention in the first half from Hannah Hampton to keep her clean sheet. A proper opening act for her first ever Chelsea match.
  • Maika Hamano making her debut as well, coming in from the bench.
  • Really weird challenge from Niamh Charles at the very end of the match, getting her sent off as a result. If we were playing against a better side and on a slimmer advantage, this could have been even more of a disaster.
  • Next up: BK Häcken away in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage.

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