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Kerr answers her critics

Matildas skipper Sam Kerr has bounced back from a disappointing FA Community Shield performance to score for Chelsea in the opening round of the English Women’s Super League season.The star striker scored in the 25th minute of Chelsea’s 1-1 weekend draw with Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village Stadium.Kerr was replaced in the 66th minute,…

Matildas skipper Sam Kerr has bounced back from a disappointing FA Community Shield performance to score for Chelsea in the opening round of the English Women’s Super League season.

The star striker scored in the 25th minute of Chelsea’s 1-1 weekend draw with Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village Stadium.

Kerr was replaced in the 66th minute, with United equalising 13 minutes later to grab a share of the points.

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“I’m pleased that Sam has got off to a scoring start in the league and I think for her now she has to build on that,” Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said.

Kerr had been criticised a week earlier for missing a host of chances in Chelsea’s 2-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City.

She had earlier told the Chelsea website: “ It’s good to have a full pre-season with the team. I feel like I’ve settled in these last five weeks more than I did last season with everything that was going around us. I feel really good being back with the team.”

Meanwhile, Kerr’s Matildas’ teammates Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord featured for Arsenal in their 6-1 thrashing of Reading.

Arsenal’s Australian coach Joe Montemurro said: “We can do even better than this, we have to keep our standards very high.”

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