'Sam works her socks off' - Kerr praised after scoring in Chelsea win

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Matildas' captain Sam Kerr scored for Chelsea in their top-of-the-table WSL win over Manchester City while Caitlin Foord shone for Arsenal as they moved top.

Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been singled out for praise from her Chelsea coach Emma Hayes after she was on target for the Women's Super League champions in their 3-1 home win over title rivals Manchester City.

Her Australia team mate Caitlin Foord was also in good form as she laid on one of the goals that ensured Arsenal were left at the top of the table after four straight wins with their 5-0 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Coach Hayes was thrilled by 27-year-old Kerr's superb contribution in the match between arguably the two favourites to win the league, as the Australian skipper really began to fulfill expectations.

"I'm so happy for Sam Kerr today, I'm so happy the ball's gone in," said Hayes after watching her combine brilliantly with England international Fran Kirby all game.

"The service Fran gave her was tremendous. Sam works her socks off. There's a huge expectation and you could see the way the team reacted (to her goal) - they were over the moon for her."

Norway's Maren Mjelde had put Chelsea ahead with a penalty in the 36th minute, before a perfectly-weighted cross from Kirby after the break found Kerr in the middle., leaving the Australian to tap in her third league goal of the season.

Chloe Kelly pulled one back for City from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute but six minutes later Kirby latched on to a long ball for a breakaway goal that made it 3-1.

The win leaves Chelsea third in the standings with 10 points from four games, while Arsenal's stroll at Brighton left them with a maximum 12 points, leading the way with also unbeaten Everton, who beat West Ham 3-1.

Vivianne Miedema (two), Danielle Van De Donk, Jen Beattie and Lotte Wubben-Moy scored in the Arsenal rout, with Foord setting up Dutch international Van De Donk's goal that put Arsenal two up before the break.

Source AAP