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Chelsea Women vs Manchester City Women at Kingsmeadow

Kingsmeadow Referee : Rebecca Welch
11th October 2020 2:30 PM (BST)
  • 3 Chelsea Women

    • ‘36' Maren Mjelde (Pen)
    • ‘57' Sam Kerr
    • ‘79' Fran Kirby
  • 1 Manchester City Women

    • ‘73' Chloe Kelly (Pen)


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Signing off πŸ‘‹

That's all from me today.

Thanks for tuning in. Sorry I couldn't bring you a more enjoyable result!

We go again next Sunday with a trip to Reading - another tricky test - before the international break.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Taylor (on Jess Park) πŸ’¬

"I've been really pleased with Jess.

"We knew it would be a tough game for her - her WSL first start playing against a top team.

"I thought that she held her own. There are some areas to work on but she's a bright prospect.

"She had good players around her and a good level of opposition."


Taylor (on the penalty decision) πŸ’¬

"I couldn't see much. I heard it's a bit of a shocker but I’ve not had chance to see it

"It is what it is. Sometime you get that.

"It's frustrating for Ellen. Millie Bright was on a yellow and she doesn’t get a second one

"We can’t rely on refereeing decisions - we have to focus on what we do.

"Frustrations are there but we can’t affect that. We can affect the way we play. That’s what we’re focusing on."


Taylor πŸ’¬

"Time will tell whether it's decisive in the title race. 

"This won’t define our season. It may have an effect in terms of points and everything else and the outcome, but we still have lot of big games and important teams to play.

"We've seen already a high level of competition and teams will take points off one another

"We need to keep positive and maintain focus."


Gareth Taylor πŸ’¬

"I felt we weren't quite at our best.

"We had decent spells and played some good moments but we were a little slow to second balls.

"I thought there were small margins in the game. There wasn't a lot in it at all.

"Their third goal was a killer. Before that, I thought it was really tight.

"We needed to improve on second balls a lot more."


Bad day at the office ☹

A very disappointing defeat for City, as goals from Mjelde, Kerr and Kirby hand Chelsea the win.

Of course, there was controversy for Chelsea's opener with the incorrect award of a penalty but despite that, the hosts were the better side in truth.

Good to see Kelly on the scoresheet but it was one of few positives really, with many players struggling to make an impact.

We didn't test Berger anywhere near enough, which is perhaps the biggest disappointment.

Onto the next one...


What a chance! 😫

So unlucky, as Lavelle can't adjust in time to direct a rebound, after Stanway's shot was blocked!

The ball loops straight into Berger's arms.


Credit where credit is due 😐

Must say, that was an exceptional Chelsea move, which saw the hosts play out from Berger and counter with devastating effect.


Argh! πŸ˜‘

Mewis looks to loop an effort goalward but Berger catches comfortably.

Need to put that Chelsea defence under pressure - and quickly...


Come on! πŸ™

Big goal at a crucial time.

Do we have enough to claw it back? Would be a sensational comeback if so...

We have to give it everything!



Kelly slams the spot-kick into the top corner!


(Told you she was having a great impact in this game! πŸ˜‰)


Gah! πŸ˜•

Final product is really lacking for City.

Haven't created anywhere near enough and the final passes are astray...

If we're gonna get back into this, we're gonna have to spark some magic from somewhere...


Trying! πŸ‘

City again look to respond quickly to the setback.

Houghton looks to curl an effort goalward but it's blocked and the set-piece comes to nothing.



White attempts an overhead kick for an instant response but the connection isn't what she'd hoped.

Probably a little ambitious, given the scoreline...


Goal for Chelsea ☹

The hosts' pressure pays off, as Kerr converts at the nearpost after Kirby provides the perfect delivery, having been put through by Ji.

Long way back for City now...


Kelly cornered πŸ™„

Would be delighted to be proven wrong but Kelly hasn't had her usual impact on the game, as yet.

Chelsea have done well to stifle her.


What a chance for Chelsea! 😫

Kerr heads over the bar, after Kirby had been released down the right.

Probably should have done better but concerning that Kirby was afforded so much room.



Finally caught a decent replay of the penalty decision.

It doesn't even hit Stokes' arm - it hits her side and goes out for a corner!

Now we're trailing and White has been booked. So, so harsh.

Gotta use that emotion to spark a fightback.


Analysis πŸ€”

So, we trail at the break through Mjelde's penalty.

Seemed very harsh, although I'm yet to see a clear replay. White also wrongly booked in the incident, to add insult to injury.

The hosts have looked the more threatening throughout, although we've shown some glimpses without putting Berger under any real pressure.

Going to take a big second half performance to claw this back but we've shown a fighting spirit in recent weeks and there's plenty of quality in the armoury, including on the bench.


Decent response πŸ‘

City have rallied in recent minutes but we're yet to test Berger.

Park again looking lively but again, the cross can't find a City shirt...


Frustrating πŸ˜–


Crazy scenes there, as referee Welch incorrectly booked White.

Our striker was positioned behind Stokes when the ball was blocked - she didn't actually touch the ball.

Poor decision but we have to use that fire as motivation now, if we're to get back into this one...


Worrying scenes 😨

The skipper is down and looks to be in some pain.

She'd done well to keep the ball in from a corner but perhaps landed awkwardly...?


Off the post! 😩

What an effort from Mewis!

She powers through the Chelsea defence before firing a daisy-cutter goalward...

And it strikes the foot of the woodwork!

So unlucky!


On the back foot 🦢

Chelsea in control here at the moment.

To be expected from the hosts... but we need to gain some sort of foothold in the game, building a period of possession and calming things down.


Oooh! 😯

Harder with another attempt - this one flies high and wide of Roebuck's top left corner.

Struggling to contain her at the moment...


Phew! 😨

Harder with an effort, which is goalbound, but Bonner sticks out a leg to block and it trickles out for a corner.

Kerr tries a volley at the backpost from the resulting set-piece but it's way over.



Park life 🌳

Great stuff from Park, who drives at the Chelsea defence.

The home side manage to clear but to have the confidence to attempt it at 18 against some of the best players in the world...

She has such a bright future!

(Looking back at what I was doing at 18... couldn't even make an omelette. Still can't...)


Eeek! 😬

Worrying moments there as Harder was put through by Kerr on the counter-attack but Bronze did well to get back and prevent the shot!


Early exchanges ⏱

Chelsea have probably shaded the opening ten minutes, but City are growing into the game.

Neither side have built a sustained period of possession so far, but both are looking to mount direct attacks at every opportunity.

An intriguing opening.


Got it covered πŸ‘

Leupolz tries her luck at the other end, looking for the far corner but it bounces harmlessly wide.

Roebuck wasn't troubled.


Better! πŸ‘

Kelly with City's first chance of the afternoon.

She tries to tee up White to no avail and smashes the rebound goalward - but it flies off target.

She's definitely got it in her locker. Just not on that occasion.


Under pressure 😦

City under immediate pressure, as Chelsea look to press straight from the off.

All of the action so far has been in our own half but we've dealt well with the wave.

City sporting our black and rose gold PUMA away kit today; Chelsea of course, in their traditional royal blue.


Here we go πŸ™Œ

Captain Steph Houghton leads City out of the tunnel and we are almost ready to go!

The two sides line up either side of the halfway line.

Incredible talent on show in both starting XIs.


Gareth Taylor πŸ’¬

"It's exciting to see what's going to happen.

"We're in a decent run of form, playing some good football.

"We showed good fighting spirit after going behind on Wednesday but more than that, our performances have been really promising.

"Usually, when you get that right, results will fall into place.

"This game sits within a busy period for us and it's not too far away from another international break.

"All of the games are important - not just today. Regardless of the result - whether we come away with three points, one point or no points - we have to make sure we're there at the end of the season in all competitions.

"That's what we want to achieve and we know it will be difficult but that's what everyone is working hard for.

"It will be a tight game - both teams have high energy and we're really looking forward to it."


Familiar foe πŸ€œπŸ€›

With 21 meetings since City entered the FA WSL, the two sides are extremely well-acquainted.

Before Manchester United joined the top-flight, Chelsea were our fiercest rivals with some hotly-contested clashes down the years.

There's also some added bite to this one, following August's Community Shield defeat at Wembley, plus the fact Chelsea pipped City to the 2019/20 league crown on a points-per-game ratio, despite the fact we stood top of the table come close of play.

It's going to be a spicy one!


Yesterday marked World Mental Health Day. It's okay not to be okay. In this 'Letter to My Younger Self', Karen Bardsley opens up about her struggles πŸ’™


Half-century 🏏

Ellie Roebuck is set to make her 50th FA WSL appearance this afternoon.

The 2019/20 Golden Glove winner burst onto the scene as a teenager and quickly made a name for herself with an outstanding performance against Chelsea in 2018, thwarting the hosts on numerous occasions to clinch a point.

It was a very impressive display, especially given the fact she was thrown into the action early on due to an injury to Karen Bardsley.

One particular save from Drew Spence one-on-one stands out as a special moment.


Team news ⬇

So, that's five changes for City from the side that defeated Everton in the Continental Cup in midweek.

Lucy Bronze and Gemma Bonner return to the backline in place of Esme Morgan and Alex Greenwood, while Sam Mewis and Caroline Weir also replace Rose Lavelle and Jill Scott in midfield.

Chasing that FA WSL record, Ellen White is named upfront with Georgia Stanway dropping to the bench, and having impressed on Wednesday, 18-year-old Jess Park retains her place on the right flank.



(Personally, I think Demi is doing herself a disservice there. It was a beautiful finish. As a semi-average, goal-hanging Sunday league player, I would have been ecstatic with that!)


That opening goal from Demi Stokes was her all-time favourite City strike ⚽

"My favourite City goal was the one I scored at Chelsea in 2016," she said.

"It was such an important goal at the time!

"I didn't think it was anything special but some people did ask if I used to be a striker!

"I guess it was a decent finish!

"We won 2-0 and it meant a lot to win there.

"It was a bit of a statement of intent and we went on to win the league!."


Countdown to kick-off ⏱

A very good afternoon, City fans!

We're edging closer to kick-off at Kingsmeadow, and the excitement is building.

Of course, it's not the same without fans - the atmosphere would be buzzing I'm sure with exciting fans starting to enter the stadium and our loud, proud travelling army singing away.

At the moment, the players are having to count on their own efforts, in the knowledge their beloved supporters are cheering on from home.

It may be early in the season but previous years have proven how crucial these head-to-head encounters can be.

City head into the clash full of confidence on an excellent run of form with Gareth Taylor's side showing real promise with the team starting to click and players shining on the individual front.

Plus there's the added incentive of revenge - from the 2019/20 title finish and 2020 Community Shield.

But we know how tough it is to come away from Chelsea with a win...


White hot πŸ”₯

After her goal against Tottenham last time out, Ellen White (48) is just one goal away from equalling Nikita Parris (49) as the all-time top goalscorer in the FA Women’s Super League. 


Stat attack πŸ“ˆ

β€’ The last three FA Women’s Super League games between Chelsea and City have seen 13 goals - one more than our previous seven encounters.

β€’ Gareth Taylor's side have lost just one of our last 12 league meetings with Chelsea (W5 D6), although that defeat was on our last trip to Kingsmeadow.

β€’ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 24 WSL matches (W18 D6), if they avoid defeat against City they will equal their longest undefeated streak in the competition (25 games between May 2017 and September 2018).

β€’ City have forced 37 high turnovers in the Super League this season - 11 more than any other side in the competition, with 11 of these ending in a shot (also a division-high).


Gemma Bonner πŸ’¬

β€œIt was always going to take time with a new manager and new players coming in, trying to get familiar with new concepts.

β€œYou can really see now that we’ve used a lot of the squad as well, which has been a huge positive.

β€œPlayers are coming off the bench, playing each and every game, and when you make changes, it doesn’t make a difference to the team on the pitch.

β€œThat’s massive going forwards. We’ve not always have that strength in depth.

β€œIf we keep building and getting good results, we’ll be in good positions come the end of the season.”


Gareth Taylor (on today's game being a different proposition from August's Community Shield) πŸ’¬

β€œWe’re only talking five weeks, but a lot of things have changed, and a lot of improvements have been made.

β€œBasically, we’ve just had more time with the team. I’m a new coach implementing some different ideas and it takes time.

β€œThe pleasing thing for me over the past few weeks is we’ve gone four straight wins on the bounce; and five out of six in all competitions.

β€œBut, more important than the wins for me, is the way we are playing and the understanding that the girls are showing.

β€œAt that point Sam was just getting up to speed in her game fitness. We were very light on the bench we lost Lauren early in the game which was a big blow and I think at point Chelsea had really good strength in depth.

β€œWe had to be patient and wait for some of our payers that we brought in like Alex and Lucy and Rose.

β€œThis is an opportunity to play a direct rival early on. They had good result in midweek (Chelsea secured a 4-1 Continental Cup group win over Arsenal) which shows the quality they have

β€œBut we’re in a good place ourselves and we are looking forward to the game.”


It's matchday! ⚽

The FA Women's Super League is back and what a game we have in store today...

City travel to Champions Chelsea, as two of the league's heavyweights lock horns at Kingsmeadow.

It's a 2:30pm kick-off and we'll have build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre from 1pm.

Clashes between the two sides are always thrilling, tightly-contested encounters and often determine who triumphs in the title race...

What will happen this afternoon? Let's wait and see...

Other games that day

  • Everton Women3
    West Ham United Women1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Women0
    Arsenal Women5
  • Bristol City Women0
    Aston Villa Women0
  • Reading Women0
    Birmingham City Women1
  • Aston Villa Women0
    Chelsea Women0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester United Women 4 +7 10
2 Arsenal Women 3 +15 9
3 Everton Women 3 +11 9
4 Chelsea Women 3 +10 7
6 Reading Women 3 -2 6
7 Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3 -1 4
8 Tottenham Hotspur Women 4 -5 1
9 West Ham United Women 3 -9 1
10 Birmingham City Women 3 -6 0
11 Aston Villa Women 3 -10 0
12 Bristol City Women 3 -15 0
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