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  • A critical point: Emma Hayes

    A critical point: Emma Hayes0

    Emma Hayes wasn’t a picture of contentment after the 3-3 draw at Manchester City, but she’s a realist and she knows the critical importance of even a single point as we approach the sharp end of this eventful season. “It was more like a basketball match than a chess match,” she said, shaking her head

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  • Battle of the giants

    Battle of the giants0

    • News
    • 24th February 2020

    It was a battle of the giants. Two teams who top the Women’s Super League, stuffed full of world-class international players in a bid to outplay each other at City’s home ground – the Academy Stadium, writes Jane Grove. In the end, unlike the frantic game of chess it resembled, there was no checkmate, just

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  • We were relentless: Hayes

    We were relentless: Hayes0

    It’s hard to imagine two more starkly contrasting reactions after the Blues’ 8-0 win over the Hammers at the weekend. Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes was fighting the urge to grin like a Cheshire cat, while her predecessor, West Ham coach Matt Beard, looked like he’d lost a winning lottery ticket. But it’s not in

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  • Eleven dazzlers

    Eleven dazzlers0

    Playing into a low, ferocious sun that left Chelsea manager Emma Hayes with a headache, the Blues crushed the fight out of Arsenal in a 4-1 victory which the gaffer hailed as one of the best performances she can remember. Arsenal hadn’t been defeated at home in precisely a year. In fact, the last team

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  • The writing’s on the wall

    The writing’s on the wall0

    The writing’s on the wall at Kingsmeadow, where one of the crunch matches in the Women’s Super League is being staged this Sunday. Poster girl Jonna Andersson, set against a Christmassy backdrop, is plugging the Chelsea Women v Man City game, which could have a big influence on the final placings in a closely fought

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  • ‘It was the goal of my life!’

    ‘It was the goal of my life!’0

    It was the kind of goal most of us can only dream of scoring – a stunning 30-yard left-foot rocket which powered past eight players, dipping and swerving in flight, before burying itself in the back of the net despite the goalkeeper getting a despairing glove to it. It made the net bulge, it was

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