Chelsea winger Erin Cuthbert said the defending Women’s Super League champions showed “a statement of intent” after bouncing back from their opening-day defeat with a comfortable victory over Everton.
Playing in front of more than 2,300 fans at Kingsmeadow, Emma Hayes’ side put on a dominant display.
Last season’s Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr scored twice in the second half after England international Fran Kirby had opened the scoring.
Substitute Beth England added a fourth from close range with her first touch.
“We needed the win today after the disappointment of last week,” said Cuthbert.
“I didn’t think we were miles off it at Arsenal. But it was a real statement of intent in front of our fans today.”
After losing at the Emirates last week, Blues boss Hayes made three changes, with Kirby, Kerr and Wales’ Sophie Ingles all starting.
Her selections paid off as Chelsea showed their attacking prowess with 27 shots in total in a match broadcast live on BBC Two.
Pernille Harder was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with a number of chances inside the box, with the Denmark international also hitting the woodwork.
Everton, who finished fifth last season, have conceded four goals in successive games.
On whether she got the reaction she was hoping for from her players, Hayes said: “I know we are capable of this performance.
“I think we should have scored more goals. For us to come in at 1-0 at half-time was disappointing but I thought it was composed and I’m delighted we kept a clean sheet and defended properly as a collective, and going forward I thought we had plenty of options.
“The composure among the group is growing and it’s early days.”
- 4BrightSubstituted forNouwenat 86′minutes
- 5IngleBooked at 75mins
- 10JiSubstituted forSpenceat 86′minutes
- 11ReitenSubstituted forAnderssonat 86′minutes
- 14KirbySubstituted forFlemingat 77′minutes
- 20KerrSubstituted forEnglandat 77′minutes
- 14SørensenSubstituted forSeveckeat 80′minutes
- 28BennisonSubstituted forDaliat 80′minutes
- 22GalliSubstituted forDugganat 58′minutes
- 11EmslieSubstituted forGauvinat 71′minutes
- Amy Fearns
Match ends, Chelsea Women 4, Everton Women 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 4, Everton Women 0.
Drew Spence (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Anna Anvegard (Everton Women).
Attempt missed. Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Megan Finnigan.
Attempt blocked. Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson.
Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rikke Sevecke (Everton Women).
Attempt missed. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Valérie Gauvin (Everton Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Ji So-Yun.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jonna Andersson replaces Guro Reiten.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Aniek Nouwen replaces Millie Bright.
Foul by Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women).
Valérie Gauvin (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Danielle Turner.
Attempt blocked. Anna Anvegard (Everton Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Duggan.
Attempt missed. Kenza Dali (Everton Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rikke Sevecke with a cross.
Substitution, Everton Women. Rikke Sevecke replaces Nicoline Sørensen.