Emma Hayes Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Chelsea boss Hayes hails ‘complete performance’ against Birmingham City

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has described her side’s performance against Birmingham City as a ‘complete performance’ with The Blues having dished out a 6-0 drubbing at Kingsmeadow yesterday.

A first half hat-trick from Sam Kerr gave the hosts a 3-0 lead going into half-time before two goals from Fran Kirby and one from Guro Reiten in the second half sealed all three points for The Blues.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Hayes said “This is the first game this season where I thought that no matter who I put in, there’s not going to be a drop in standards anywhere.

“I think it was a performance that the whole squad contributed to and when you play so many games like we do, everybody has to be at the same level.

“For that reason, it was a complete performance.”

Chelsea remain two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and Hayes knows that the club have to win every remaining game if they are to retain the league title for a second consecutive year.

She added “For us to win the title, we have to win every game and that is always a challenge considering our schedule.

“I’m full of admiration for the players to make sure the levels never drop.”

Hayes was full of praise for her whole squad’s performance but in particular, she was very impressed with the form of Kerr as her hat-trick helped Chelsea reach the 100 goal mark in all competitions this season.

“The confidence in her play right now is better than I’ve ever seen her. She delivers the fatal blow whenever the team needs it, that’s what’s so exceptional,” the Chelsea boss said.

“These games can be tricky if you don’t get the first goal early enough but she pounces in the right moments to put us in the lead.

“She’s the ultimate team player, she’ll do anything for the team to do well, she’ll sacrifice herself if necessary. She doesn’t care as long as there’s harmony, spirit, a push together.”

Chelsea return to action after the international break with a home fixture against London City Lionesses in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

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