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Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa: Sam Kerr stars as Blues return to top of Women's Super League

Sam Kerr's double took Chelsea back to the top of the Women's Super League in a patient victory over lowly Aston Villa at Kingsmeadow.

Kerr and Fran Kirby, the scourge of so many defences all season, combined for the opening goal, the Aussie directing a fine looping header in off the post.

And Kirby's pace helped create havoc for the second after the break, with Kerr curling in a delightful strike.

Villa, who remain a point above bottom-side West Ham, barely threatened.

Chelsea go top by two points from Manchester City, who edged past Reading on Saturday thanks to Chloe Kelly's 87th-minute strike.

The Blues, who are still to meet City in one of their remaining four games, were not at their best but did not need to be against a Villa side whose only attempt on goal was a tame long-range effort from Chloe Arthur.

Chelsea, on the back of their midweek Champions League first-leg win over Wolfsburg and with the second leg in mind, made six changes but, tellingly, the lethal combination of Kerry and Kirby remained intact.

Ji So-Yun shone in midfield, dictating play throughout, but it was Kerr and Kirby who did the damage with the double act linking up for the ninth and 10th goals of the season.

Kerr could have had a hat-trick when through on goal only to send a tired shot just wide before being replaced soon after the hour.

Chelsea were disjointed in the closing stages as boss Emma Hayes looked to rotate her squad with the game as good as won, but the hosts did not need the security of a third goal.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes on Kerr-Kirby partnership: "Everybody knows the pressure that both of those players were under from the start of the year.

"The fact that they are going into every game looking like they're going to score, I think that's testament to their ability to handle that pressure.

"Both of them are in the form of their lives and that combination is dynamite, it's telepathic. It's rare in football to find those things. I know that they are going to get chances in every game and it's about capitalising on those chances."

Aston Villa manager Marcus Bignot: "We have come away with our confidence intact and our belief growing.

"Performances like today will help us build that belief going forward."

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Musovic
  • 7CarterSubstituted forCharlesat 59'minutes
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forSpenceat 59'minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forHarderat 59'minutes
  • 10Ji
  • 17Fleming
  • 20KerrSubstituted forLeupolzat 63'minutes
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forBeever-Jonesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ingle
  • 8Leupolz
  • 21Charles
  • 23Harder
  • 24Spence
  • 25Andersson
  • 28Telford
  • 29Fox
  • 33Beever-Jones

Aston Villa Women

Formation 5-3-2

  • 29Weiß
  • 3Ale
  • 4Franklin-Fraiture
  • 6Asante
  • 16McLoughlinBooked at 75minsSubstituted forSymeat 79'minutes
  • 12Hutton
  • 7FollisSubstituted forHaylesat 65'minutes
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forAbreu Sousa Silvaat 79'minutes
  • 21EwersSubstituted forN'Dowat 29'minutes
  • 20IwabuchiSubstituted forGregoryat 78'minutes
  • 23Hanssen

Substitutes

  • 1Rogers
  • 5N'Dow
  • 11West
  • 13Siems
  • 14Syme
  • 18Gregory
  • 19Abreu Sousa Silva
  • 22Hayles
Referee:
Sarah Garratt

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamAston Villa Women
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home18
Away1
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Women 2, Aston Villa Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 2, Aston Villa Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pernille Harder.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea Women. Jessie Fleming tries a through ball, but Aggie Beever-Jones is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa Women. Conceded by Niamh Charles.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea Women. Pernille Harder tries a through ball, but Ji So-Yun is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women).

  8. Post update

    Diana Silva (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa Women. Nadine Hanssen tries a through ball, but Freya Gregory is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Emily Syme replaces Olivia McLoughlin.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Diana Silva replaces Chloe Arthur.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Freya Gregory replaces Mana Iwabuchi.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Elisha N'Dow.

  14. Booking

    Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa Women).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Aggie Beever-Jones replaces Guro Reiten.

  18. Post update

    Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Elisha N'Dow (Aston Villa Women).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women1815215484647
2Man City Women18143155114445
3Man Utd Women18122437181938
4Arsenal Women17112453143935
5Everton Women1884635251028
6Brighton Women186391535-2021
7Reading Women184862128-720
8Tottenham Women184591632-1617
9B'ham City Women173491331-1813
10Bristol City Women1825111562-4711
11Aston Villa Women1631121141-3010
12West Ham Women1623111636-209
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