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Managing director Paul Green praised his players for producing a professional performance under difficult circumstances as Chelsea Women beat Everton 3-1 in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.

A Pernille Harder brace came either side of an ill-fated Kadeisha Buchanan own goal, before substitute Niamh Charles salvaged a hugely important three points for the Blues in seven minutes of added time.

Harder combined perfectly with Guro Reiten in the 37th minute, the latter producing a scoring cross from the left for the Dane to give a clinical nod. Everton started the second half with flying colors and forced an equalizer when a scramble in the box deflected Buchanan and into the net.

However, we stuck to the task and were awarded a penalty just before the hour mark when Reiten was knocked down by Everton goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan. Harder stepped into the plate and was expertly sent into the bottom corner from 12 yards to restore our advantage.

The Blues had to dig deep as Everton searched for an equaliser, but the points were confirmed when Charles, fresh off the bench, brought the ball home from the edge of the box in stoppage time, securing three vital points on Merseyside, in the absence of manager Emma Hayes.

Reflecting on the performance, Green expressed his satisfaction with the result and praised the unity shown by the players throughout a tough week.

“We are absolutely delighted to come to a tough place at Everton, a team that are improving a lot and to put on a professional performance and get the three points we had expected.” We are really happy that Pernille is back in the team and comes back with a brace. We thought it was a really professional performance in difficult circumstances this week without Emma. I thought everyone was pulling together and we were worthy winners.

Having struggled with injury at the start of the season, Harder returned to the starting lineup with two well-scored goals and Green hopes that can be a catalyst for her advance.

“We missed her at the start of the season, but to come back and have a player of her quality in our team when we missed Fran through illness, it was great to be able to call on her services.

“I thought in particular her first goal was a great team move which she finished very well and then showed great composure for the penalty at a crucial moment in the game when we took over the lead 2-1. We’re really excited to have Pernille back and hope she stays fit and healthy for the rest of the season.

Although happy with the football we played, Green acknowledged there was room for improvement in terms of being more clinical in front of goal.

“When you have Pernille or Guro with their combination game on the side, I think we caused them a lot of problems, especially in the first half. We tweaked the way we played and I think they combined very well.

“We probably should have scored one or two more goals in that first half thanks to some of those combinations down the left side, with balls brought into the box where we were just a bit off target. I think if we had been more clinical in the final third we could have scored a few more goals, especially in the first half.

Hayes may have been absent from the dugout, but the manager was certainly watching the proceedings closely and Green explained the influence she had from afar.

“She was directly linked to the bench with Denise, she was in Denise’s ear throughout the game. As I said at the press conference earlier in the week, we are a very experienced group of staff and a very experienced group of players, so we are well equipped to deal with this situation.

“I think it’s a testament to everyone this week and going forward that we’ll have the confidence to get the results we need in this time to make sure that when Emma comes back, we’ll be fighting on all fronts. ” That’s the goal of the staff and I think everyone has really stepped up this week and will continue to do so in Emma’s absence.

Also absent from the traveling party was Fran Kirby who did not make the trip north as a precaution, after stating that she felt bad with Green saying there was no need to take risks.

“We just didn’t take any chances with her. She reported with a little illness and we just thought with the games coming up we have a lot of games in a short time there was no real need to bring her in with the quality we have in our team. We thought if she stayed home, hopefully recuperated this weekend, and crossed her fingers, she would be well enough to be part of the traveling band and team midweek. .

Assessing the increasingly competitive nature of the Women’s Super League, Green stressed the need for players to adopt ultimate focus and discipline in every game to come.

“You get higher quality players, higher quality coaches coming into the league and I think it’s the most competitive it’s ever been. There are no easy games in the league now. You have to be on it to get the three points. We saw that in the league with some of the results. Villa had started the season winning every game and West Ham had gone there and won, or we had been beaten at Liverpool. N Any team is capable of beating any other on any day.


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