The Blues secured a vital 3-1 win against Manchester City at home as they look to defend their league title, with goals courtesy of Maren Mjelde (P), Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby.
Overall, the performance felt like a breath of fresh air after many underwhelming ones. Bouncing back from their 4-1 victory against Arsenal in the Continental Cup, the expectations were high and a good result was crucial. Emma Hayes’ lineup found Ingle, Reiten and England on the bench with Harder and Kerr starting up front.
For the first half hour, the match felt like a tug of war. There is no denying that City are one of the challengers for the title with their high caliber of players. At one point, Sam Mewis took a lovely shot from outside the box that hit the post and it was shocking we didn’t fall behind at that point. The game picked up pace when the Referee called upon a hand ball by Ellen White, its fair to say the call was very harsh.
The second half started with us leading 1-0, the tactical plays became more visible as the players showed some understanding between each other. Sam Kerr managed to finish a beautiful cross from Fran Kirby, making the score line 2-0. The subs made their way in as England and Charles came on for Pernille and Kerr.
The game became unsettling when the referee called on another hand ball by Millie Bright which led to us conceding via a penalty from Chloe Kelly. Shortly after, Kirby got her goal as she scored at an open net when City Goalkeeper Roebuck committed herself forward.
This match was very intense and we showed a lot of character with our win. The positives we can take from this game is how much Magda Ericsson demanded from the team, she was vocal and held the team together which is what you want and expect from your captain, Erin Cuthbert remains in form as she gave highly rated Lucy Bronze no chances. The best performance came from Fran Kirby and Emma Hayes describing her as a fresh new signing is proving to be true. Although we cant complain over the win too much, I would still want more from Pernille Harder and Melanie Leupolz.