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'For any manager to survive eight years at Chelsea is always worth remembering'

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Chelsea’s victory over Bristol City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League marked Emma Hayes’s 200th game in charge of the club and the Blues boss isn’t planning on going anywhere just yet.

The Blues were careful to avoid a repeat of Manchester United’s loss to Bristol City last week and despite conceding early on, produced a dominant 6-1 win.

The result takes Chelsea within touching distance of the WSL leaders Arsenal, who they will play on Sunday, in what could be a title-deciding fixture.

After taking the helm for the 200th time, Hayes was sentimental about her years at the club and praised her team, with hopes of more improvement moving forward.

“For any manager to survive eight years at Chelsea is always worth remembering,” said Hayes.

“I will remember the 200th game for having a feeling that I have such an unbelievable team to work with.

“We’ve got so much more space to grow and improve and I really can see an evolution of the team, with the new players coming in I think we are able to add new dimensions to our game.

“I’m here as long as they’ll let me coach them and my 200th game shows they still want me to do it.”

But will she be in charge of Chelsea for another 200 games?

Hayes added: “I don’t know about that! But hopefully enough for me to compete for trophies, that’s all I want – trophies for the football club.”

The south-west London side will be hoping to have a squad that is back to its fittest to face Arsenal after several players were affected by an outbreak of flu and no replacement goalkeeper was named on the bench against Bristol City.

“Carly [Telford] made it here so flu-ed up she had to get in the car, and someone had to drive her home because I didn’t want to expose any more players to it,” Hayes explained.

“Sam Kerr said to me she’s going to be the best and most expensive sub goalie I’ll ever have!”

The Chelsea manager dismissed any talk of becoming title favourites if they were to beat Arsenal at the weekend.

According to Hayes, the Blues’ goalscoring options are their biggest strength but she also believed that being in the title race should not be taken for granted.

“You had to be in that dressing room a year and a half ago to know how it felt to be out of the title in October,” Hayes said.

“I just know you’ve got to go one game at a time because the quality of the opposition from week to week can be so unpredictable.

“I don’t see how you can stop us scoring. I don’t think it’s about shutting one player down in our team, either you want to get tight to Beth England or Sam Kerr, you’ve got Erin [Cuthbert], you’ve got Guro [Reiten], Guro’s form has been top, and then you’ve got Ji [So-yun].

“If you take [Vivianne] Miedema out of their team, how many more goals would they have? She has been the difference.”

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Horsham YMCA take full advantage of AFC Uckfield Town implosion for victory

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Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller admitted AFC Uckfield Town’s second-half implosion ‘made it easier’ for his side in their 3-1 win over the Uckers on Saturday.

Tayler Maddock and Sam Cooper both received red cards while Dean Stewart-Hunter and Ellis Cormack were both sent to the sin-bin in a tumultuous second half which saw the visitors playing with just eight men for a short period of the game.

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Miller said: “It was a really funny game because we missed a lot of chances and let them back in, and then, once we got going again, they got ill-disciplined and it was a lot easier than it could have been.

“Once we were playing against ten, then nine, then eight, we just kept the ball really well, stretching them.”

Miller also believes his side had a big impact on the visitors’ two red cards. He added: “We were putting them under so much pressure so we caused a lot of it.

“That made it easier for us but we pressured them into making these tackles because they couldn’t get anywhere near one or two of our players.”

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

The tenth-placed Uckers began relatively well, handling the threat of a home attack with the best scoring record outside of the SCFL Premier Division’s top five without too much early trouble.

YM broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Maddock felled a home forward and Dean Carden fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner.

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The hosts exerted their control before the break, but the Uckers still went close as Maclean almost met a Bailo Camara cross on the stroke of half-time.

The introduction of Dee Okojie at the restart proved pivotal when his 60th minute cross found Cormack who prodded a header home to equalise.

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

While the Uckers would’ve expected to push on, the events of the next ten minutes removed all hopes of winning.

The away side self-combusted when Maddock was first shown a second yellow, then Matt Daniel put the hosts 2-1 up in the 65th minute, and Cooper was also awarded a second booking to add to Stewart-Hunter’s sin-bin soon after.

YM had full control thereafter and confirmed victory as Daniel bagged his second – and 21st of the season – in the 83rd minute, before Cormack was also placed in the sin-bin in the final few minutes.

Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Evans, Donaghey (Lovegrove 82), Harding (Gibbs 50), Hunt (Gedling 74), Lemon, Dugdale, Daniel, De Meyer, Clarke. Unused: Pavlovic, Eales.

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Crawley Town goalkeeper Michael Luyambula has today (Monday) been recalled by his parent club, Birmingham City.

Luyambula has been recalled by the Blues in order to obtain more game time this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Reds on a season-long deal on July 12.

Crawley would like to thank Luyambula for his historic performances in a Reds shirt, most notably against Walsall, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds wish Luyambula all the very best in his future career.

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