Chelsea Ladies defender Hannah Blundell has backed her teammates to bounce back in front of the BT Sport cameras this weekend and get their FA Women’s Super League challenge back on track.
The Blues host high-flying Notts County at Staines on Sunday having lost their unbeaten record in the league following a 2-1 reverse at Birmingham City Ladies last weekend.
Defender Blundell and co had previously impressed in all competitions with extra-time defeat in the semi-final of the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal Ladies their only previous blot on an otherwise impressive start to the campaign.
And while Eastbourne-born Blundell, who turns 20 on Saturday, admits the loss in the Midlands was hard to take she insists this Sunday’s game, live on BT Sport, is the perfect opportunity to get the Blues’ season back on track.
‘We are definitely disappointed with the result against Birmingham but we have just got to forget about it,’ said Blundell, who began her career with Brighton.
‘We are working hard in training to put things right and it’s the perfect chance for us to bounce back. They are at up there at the top of the league so we have the chance to go and beat them and make a statement.
‘To have only lost one game is good at this stage and we are confident that we can pick up a win going into the mid-season break.’
Chelsea’s defeat at Birmingham came without the services of attacking duo Yuki Ogimi and Ji So-Yun who have been away at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup helping Japan and South Korea respectively qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
But with both set to return to the squad for Sunday’s 12.45pm kick-off, Blundell, who represents England at under 20 and 23 level, believes Chelsea’s firepower means they have the ability to beat anyone in the division.
‘We have had a lot of different scorers this season and that takes a lot of pressure off the strikers. We’ve got goals all over the pitch and that will cause Notts County problems that maybe they haven’t faced this season.
‘We have Ji So-Yun back from the Asian Cup as well which will be a massive boost for us. I think we should have finished our chances off against Birmingham and we will make sure we do that this week.
‘We want to win the league or, at the very least, finish in the Champions League spots and to do that we have to beat the big teams.
‘I feel confident we can do that and everyone in the squad feels good and knows we can win.’
Tickets to watch Chelsea Ladies play Notts County at Wheatsheaf Park, Staines, are available on the door priced £3 for children and £5 for adults or they are available online.
– Picture courtesy of Adil Khan Deshmukh