Our lead could have been extended further in the final 20 minutes, as we continued to dominate the Hammers and both Kirby and Cuthbert came close to finding our fourth. That could have led to a nervy conclusion to the game, however, as Eriksson misread a cross and diverted it past Berger with her shoulder.
Six minutes of stoppage time was not what anyone of a Blues persuasion wanted, but the game management shown by Hayes’ players meant we comfortably saw it out without any cause for concern. Three points in the bag and a very happy returning crowd at Kingsmeadow.
The Blues are next in action on Wednesday afternoon, when we travel to Portugal to face Benfica for the first leg of our Champions League round of 32 tie. The next domestic outing comes on Sunday, when we make the short trip south to face Brighton.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Berger; Mjelde, Thorisdottir (Bright 59), Eriksson (c), Andersson; Ji (Ingle 67), Leupolz, Harder; Kirby, England (Reiten 67), Kerr (Cuthbert 71)
Unused subs Telford, Carter, J Fleming, Charles
Scorer Kerr 15, 55, 68
West Ham (4-3-3) Arnold; Redisch, Flaherty (c), Fisk, Vetterlin; Cho, Van Egmond, Longhurst (Grant 60); Daly, Thomas (Lehmann 82), Leon (Svitkova 71)
Unused subs Brosnan, Joel, Cissoko, Dali, Kiszkis, Nor
Scorer Daly 47, Eriksson own goal 88
Booked Daly 37
Referee Rebecca Welch