Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes has lavished reward on Sam Kerr after the Matildas captain scored a shocking brace to assist safe the Blues a 3rd successive English Women’s Super League title.
Kerr netted two excellent volleys in Chelsea’s 4-2 weekend defeat of Manchester United.
The win sealed Chelsea the title by a degree from runners-up Arsenal, with Kerr’s double taking her WSL season tally to twenty, which earnt her consecutive Golden Boots.
“I don’t set myself out to win the Golden Boot – I just do what I can for my team to win,” mentioned Kerr, who was final week named the English Football Writers’ Association’s participant of the yr.
Hayes mentioned the 28-year-old striker had made a welcome behavior of delivering “when it really matters”.
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“She’s the best for a reason and she stepped up once again for this football club,” Hayes mentioned of Kerr.
“Never in my career have I been in a situation when a game is tight at 2-2 and a player has run over and said ‘today is our destiny’. I thought ‘we’re not winning yet’ but that’s confidence.
“Her second goal was world class. It was outrageous, audacious.
“We told her if she came to play for Chelsea she would win trophies and I can sit here confident that we both made the right decision and we’re both made for Chelsea. We both love days like today.”
Kerr mentioned “there was no stopping” Chelsea within the second-half after United led 2-1 at half-time.
“Once we started playing in that second half I just kind of knew that we were going to come back … because when we get going like that I don’t think many teams can go with us,” Kerr mentioned.
However, Kerr’s pleasure was in distinction to the ache felt by her Matildas’ teammates and Arsenal trio Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams.
Catley scored within the Gunners’ 2-0 win over West Ham, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to overhaul Kerr’s staff.
Arsenal supervisor Jonas Eidevall mentioned: “You can see both Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley – they’ve been absolutely amazing since they came back from the Asian Cup (in January).”