Chelsea Women set a new Barclays Women’s Super League record for the most consecutive home wins
After an even opening to the contest, the Blues went in front through Kerr’s sliding finish, after the returning Fran Kirby had expertly picked her out inside a crowded penalty box.
Despite dominating the rest of the first half, we were unable to find a second goal and West Ham made us pay for that just two minutes in the second half, as Rachel Daly tapped in at the back post to draw them level.
It proved to be a short-lived reprieve for the Hammers, though, as Kerr’s second of the afternoon restored our lead. This time Pernille Harder was the creator, firing in a low cross that the keeper could only palm into the path of the Australian.
Her third of the afternoon arrived 15 minutes later, and once again it was the simplest of tasks to turn the ball home from close range, following another brilliant pass from Kirby that was simply begging to be scored.
Although West Ham is in ninth, with only four points to their name and an interim manager at the helm, they battled gamely throughout and a late own goal meant it was a nervy final few minutes for the Blues. We held out for an excellent three points for Emma Hayes and her side as we look to overhaul Manchester United at the top of the standings.
It also meant another piece of history was written, as we set a new WSL record of 12 consecutive home victories. The last time we failed to win at Kingsmeadow in the league was back in March 2019, when West Ham held us to a 1-1 draw.
Now attention will turn to our Champions League return in midweek, as we continue a busy run that sees us play five times in the space of a fortnight, having gone three weeks without a game prior to today.