League leaders and reigning champions Chelsea set another historical Women’s Super League record on Sunday.
A solid 2-0 win against the Hammers makes them the first team in WSL history to win five consecutive away matches without conceding.
How the game unfolded
Chelsea didn’t offer the quickest play of the season when the game kicked off. But with West Ham struggling to apply pressure on the guests, it only took seven minutes before the Blues found the back of the net.
Bethany England served her striking partner Sam Kerr a delicious cross down from the corner flag on the right-hand side for the Aussie to head in. West Ham’s defence did not make any attempt to mark Kerr, who put the guests ahead with ease.
Zećira Mušović made her debut between the posts for Chelsea, but West Ham did not offer much threat. The Swedish goalkeeper put in a solid performance, making easy work of snuffing out any potential threat.
Early into the second half, the roles of Kerr and England were reversed. The Aussie copied her striking partner with a cross, leaving England completely free when jumping up inside the box to head in Chelsea’s second.
Shots (OT): 7 (0) – 13 (5)
Possession %: 40 – 60
Total passes: 337 – 497
Passing accuracy %: 55 – 72
Fouls: 7 – 9
West Ham will have time to rest and recover until their next clash in the league. They will welcome Birmingham in the league on March 17. The Hammers sit second from bottom, two points behind Aston Villa. They desperately need to gain some important points to avoid relegation.
For Chelsea regarding rest and recover, it’s a whole other story. The Blues will travel to Italy to take on Atletico Madrid for the second leg in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Next Sunday on March 14, they will have a chance to repeat their success in the Continental Cup from last year. Emma Hayes and her squad could collect their second trophy of the season when they play Bristol City in the Cup final before they return to the WSL on March 17 for a crucial clash against Everton.