Tougher nets as Hayes’ Blues Hammers hit on a ‘tough day’ for the club

PERNILLE HARDER helped Chelsea stem the club’s turmoil off the pitch as the WSL champions beat West Ham 4-1.

The Danish star’s brace was among goals scored hours after the bombastic news of the government’s sanction against Roman Abramovich.

Pernille Harder scored as Chelsea beat West Ham on the road


Pernille Harder scored as Chelsea beat West Ham on the roadPhoto credit: Getty

Controlling the controllable is what Emma Hayes urged her side to do on a day she described as “difficult.”

And her team did just that at the Irons home, with Niamh Charles and Sam Kerr also netting Chelsea cut arsenals lead to five points.

The win followed Blues owner Abramovich having his assets frozen and the club get hit with one Ban on broadcasting among other measures.

Following the win, Hayes, whose side are next up against Aston Villa, said: “As far as I’m concerned, we need to give the club and everyone the time to use DCMS to analyze the impact of the sanctions.

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“There has to be a two-way process between the club and them to determine how to run (the club), how to work and how to exist during this time.

“It’s important that we control what we can do and when we step onto the football field that’s the moment where we focus on placing points on the board.

“We all have a million questions, and I don’t fight things that I can’t control.


“All I know is that I’ll probably learn more over the next few days and weeks.”

Chelsea’s transfer ban means the Blues are currently unable to offer players new contracts or negotiate contract extensions.

Asked pre-game what that could mean for the Blues’ WSL aces, whose deals are due to end this year, Hayes said: “We don’t know what impact that will have on unsigned players.

“What I do know is that the DCMS will work this through with the club.

Sam Kerr scored the Blues' fourth goal as they cut Arsenal's lead to five points


Sam Kerr scored the Blues’ fourth goal as they cut Arsenal’s lead to five pointsCredit: PA

“And maybe the club will help educate them a little bit more about how clubs work and what we need to make them work.”

Chelsea nearly scored in the first minute when Harder hit the post with a header from a quality corner kick.

And the midfield star reached her 14thth Aim for left-footed curling this season after working her way into the penalty area in the 21St Minute.

The defending league champions scored twice in two minutes when Charles volleyed the ball past Mackenzie Arnold.

And just after the half-hour stage, they scored a third when Ji So-yun put the ball inside the box for Harder to head home.

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Niamh Charles doubled Chelsea's first-half lead against West Ham


Niamh Charles doubled Chelsea’s first-half lead against West HamCredit: PA

In the second half, Dagny Brynarsdottir scored around 50 for the hoststh minute with a hit in the bottom corner.

But Kerr put the game firmly out of reach after plunging into a rebound with just under half an hour of regular time remaining.

The result leaves the Irons in eighth place with two wins in their last five games before their trip to Birmingham. Tougher nets as Hayes’ Blues Hammers hit on a ‘tough day’ for the club


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