Chelsea Ladies 6-0 Yeovil Town Ladies


Interim England head coach Mo Marley has not ruled out a return for Eniola Aluko to the England set up

Eniola Aluko scored twice in her first match since a parliamentary inquiry into her allegations of racism as Chelsea Ladies thrashed Yeovil to stay top of Women’s Super League One.

The 30-year-old received an apology from the FA on 18 October for racially discriminatory remarks by sacked England women’s boss Mark Sampson.

She rifled in Chelsea’s second before volleying in the last goal of the game.

Crystal Dunn and Karen Carney also scored two goals apiece in the rout.

Chelsea are yet to concede a goal in their four league games this season and scored six without reply for the third time to remain above Manchester City, who earlier edged past Birmingham, on goal difference.

England winger Karen Carney scored the pick of the goals, finding the far corner of the net from long range.

Aluko, who received the second half of her £80,000 settlement fee from the FA on Thursday, could yet return to the England fold, interim head coach Mo Marley has said – having won the last of her 102 caps in April 2016.

Bottom side Yeovil remain without a point and are yet to score in WSL 1.

Chelsea striker Eniola Aluko: “It was really great, we wanted it to be a professional, clinical, decisive performance, and keep a clean sheet. We know in the past this league has gone down to goal difference, so it’s really important that we keep the goals against down, and the goals for high, so I’m really pleased to have contributed to that.

“It has gone down to goal difference for the last three seasons, we don’t take games like that for granted at all, and it’s my job as a forward to make sure that we score goals, and we scored a lot from different positions today, so that’s good as well.

“You can always have room to improve, but you’re not going to score every time, not even Lionel Messi scores every shot, so we’re not going to beat ourselves up too much about that. This team has got a lot of goals in it, and I’m happy to be part of that.”

Yeovil manager Jamie Sherwood: “We changed formation and changed what we wanted to try and do to combat them. We know what Chelsea are capable of doing, and unfortunately with the international break we haven’t had much time with the players. So it was a brave decision from a staff side of it.

“In the first half, yes, Chelsea pulled us around a bit, but we are learning, and in the second half we showed we can do what we need to do. It was a tough first half, don’t get me wrong, but we stuck to our task, stuck to our guns, showed a lot of character to come out in that second half and actually deliver what we wanted to put out there.”

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