Emma Hayes returns to dugout as Chelsea beat Tottenham at Stamford Bridge to move top of WSL

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Emma Hayes returned to the dugout as Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-0 to go top of the WSL in front of a crowd of 38,300 at Stamford Bridge.

Hayes had been absent for six weeks following emergency surgery but was back on the touchline Sunday to guide the Blues to a comfortable victory that moves above Arsenal.

Chelsea are now three points clear of the Gunners, whose 100 per cent start to the season ended as they lost 3-2 to Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

In front of a record home crowd for Chelsea Women, they cruised past Tottenham thanks to first-half goals from Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten.

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On the return of Hayes, Chelsea forward Lauren James said: “It was brilliant to have her back.

“It means a lot. We have a great group of staff that filled in while she was away but we are happy to have her back, and back healthy.”