Ladies reaction: Great game but gutted
news Fri 19 May 2017
Drew Spence has scored six goals in as many games this term, but the Chelsea Ladies midfielder would have traded personal glory for three points against Arsenal.
Despite not starting every game, the midfielder has scored each time she has set foot on the pitch this season, including a stoppage-time effort against the Gunners which looked to have secured victory for Emma Hayes’s side.
An even later goal by Jordan Nobbs denied us the win, however, and Spence said the gloss was taken off her goal by losing out on two additional points in the race for the Spring Series trophy.
‘This season I've scored two last-minute goals – one game we ended up losing [on penalties, against Birmingham] and this one we've drawn,’ she said.
‘But it's not about me scoring, it's about us as a team – results and performances count, and I’d rather we won all three points. We're happy that we came from one-nil down to take the lead, but we're gutted that we didn't keep it tight at the end.’
For London-born Spence, local bragging rights would have been an added bonus, but she felt the game as a spectacle was a good advert for the WSL.
'It's a London derby and the atmosphere is always different in those games. At the end of the day, this is Chelsea v Arsenal and it doesn't matter where you play – Staines, Borehamwood, Wembley, down the park – it's always going to be a great game.
'There were tackles flying in from everywhere, shots being fired at goal constantly, there was always something happening.
'We were unlucky with the manner of the last-minute goal and I don't think their first was a penalty either, but we've got to look at what happened before those situations and make sure we work on that on the training field.
'The good thing for us is that we've got another game coming up at the weekend, so we'll review this game, get that over with, and then it's on to Sunderland.’