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This was a game Emma Hayes’s side took control of from the very first whistle and after two relatively profligate showings this season, it was one of those afternoons when almost everything turned to gold for the home team.
THERE WAS PLENTY OF CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION AGAINST BRISTOL
After a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last Sunday to open the Barclays Women’s Super League season, Hayes opted to make four changes to her starting XI. Ann-Katrin Berger, Hannah Blundell – making her first appearance of the season – Cuthbert and England were brought in to the side in place of Carly Telford, Jonna Andersson, Sophie Ingle and Guro Reiten.
There was also a change of system, which meant 4-3-3 became a 4-4-2 with two out-and-out strikers.
FRAN KIRBY FIRES HOME OUR OPENER
This was one the Bristol No.1 would want to run back if she could, for it was a goalkeeping howler that allowed Kirby to get back on the scoresheet in a Chelsea shirt for the first time since May 2019, when she netted a brace against Yeovil. Cuthbert laid the ball off to the England international on the edge of the box and she didn’t need a second invitation to pull the trigger with her left boot. Perhaps the bounce was unpredictable, but Bristol’s keeper allowed the shot to bobble off her and into the back of the net.
In games against sides happy to sit back, the importance of an early goal cannot be underestimated and Chelsea were suddenly cutting through Bristol at will. Somehow the visitors managed to keep us temporarily at bay, as Bright and Leupolz forced Baggaley to make a pair of fantastic saves. It had been an eventful opening 20 minutes to say the least.