Chelsea Ladies are keeping their feet on the ground after their 6-0 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday, knowing there are sterner tests just round the corner. But the result, said defensive rock Millie Bright, is a major confidence booster all the same. "Keeping a clean sheet is massive," she told the Good Life.
Chelsea Ladies are keeping their feet on the ground after their 6-0 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday, knowing there are sterner tests just round the corner.
But the result, said defensive rock Millie Bright, is a major confidence booster all the same. “Keeping a clean sheet is massive,” she told the Good Life. “It builds confidence and it sends a powerful message out to other teams.”
She said that the impending prospect of a string of internationals followed by Chelsea’s crucial Champions League double-header against Montpellier was a thrill waiting just around the corner. “It’s exciting; I always like a challenge,” said the 24-year-old, who actually began her career at Doncaster. “We like to have a lot of fixtures, and we have a big enough squad to keep everyone busy.”
Ji-So Yun scored the first of Chelsea Ladies’ goals in Sunday’s FA Cup 5th Round tie after player-of-the-match Bethan Davies in the Doncaster goal blocked her initial shot in the 13th minute, but was unable to prevent the Korean following up with a devastating volley.
The real torrent of strikes came in the second half, as the sun came out and the shadows lengthened. Fran Kirby made it 2-0 after 50 minutes, converting Crystal Dunn’s cross. Four minutes later Ji found the perfect lob into the Belles’ area for Drew Spence to thump home into the roof of the net.
Sub Erin Cuthbert scored the goal of the day in the 68th minute, six minutes after coming on as sub for Spence. She ran the length of the pitch, exchanged a quick one-two with fellow sub Eniola Aluko, then headed the returned ball home in style.
Ten minutes from time Aluko was felled in the area, and Ramona Bachmann took the spot kick to make it 5-0, while Cuthbert added the cherry on top with a stylish individual goal shortly before the final whistle.
Paul Green, the assistant manager who spent seven years with the Belles, described the performance as ‘fantastic’ and said he was particularly pleased with the fact that it was such a good all-round team effort. “I thought we really deserved the win,” he said. “There were good team goals and good individual goals; I think we’ve shown today the strength and depth of the squad. We also showed patience where we needed to.”
There’s a three-week international gap coming up in early March, before Chelsea take on Montpellier, Reading and Montpellier again in a frantic week-long fixture rush. Tickets for all the Chelsea Ladies games are available via: http://www.chelseafc.com/teams/chelsea-ladies/ticket-information.html
Featured: The impish Ji-So Yun chats to fans after the Doncaster game with Millie Bright behind her