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11 December 2019 00:34

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Although the Blues have beaten Manchester City in the Women's FA Cup to reach the final on three occasions, yesterday marked our first Women's Super League win since the first meeting of the sides in the summer of 2014. 'It was something we had to put to bed. We've overcome a team that we have struggled against, especially at home,' said Hayes. 'I have asked certain things of them and they responded and that shows their level of commitment to winning. It was the result I was looking for from my team.' Having been trailing by a goal, the Chelsea boss made a tactical change and brought on Drew Spence in place of Guro Reiten.

Emma Hayes reflects on victory over Manchester City

The change made a noticeable difference as the Blues raised the bar and minutes later the breakthrough finally came. Hayes had nothing but praise for the midfielder who has been a part of the club for over a decade. 'Drew [Spence] was magnificent, the game needed Drew, the team needed Drew. Drew has been an instrumental player to this team over the number of the years and she's so gutted not to be in the team at the moment but it's not because of anything she's not doing. 'The tactics might not require a third midfielder and I asked her to play a little bit higher and her contributions once again deserve all the credit because to me Drew was the difference in the game.'