Chelsea Ladies centre-back Millie Bright believes that her side simply achieved what they set out to achieve by lifting this season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup.
The England international defender played her part in a cup run which had seen her side not concede a single goal until Vivianne Miedema netted in the second half of the final at Wembley.
Speaking to the Chelsea Presser after the match, Bright said that she was pleased to get over the finishing line, although The Blues were always determined not to lose a second final under the famous arch.
“We succeeded in what we set out to do, we were always confident coming into this game.” said the tough tackling defender.
“I think we got a good start to the game, in the first half, chances weren’t really going our way. In the second half, we just kept on the front foot and made sure we kept the momentum in the game and obviously we got the two goals away and getting the third as well.
“I think previous players know what that feeling is like, losing at Wembley and I think that drove us on, not wanting that feeling again, to make sure we got the job done this time and we succeeded in that.
Chelsea have been excellent at both ends of the pitch this season and Bright reserved special praise for the forward players in the squad, particularly Swiss international Ramona Bachmann who bagged a brace in the match.
Bright added “I never doubted her at all, any of our strikers, I never doubt them in scoring.
“They get very frustrated with themselves when they don’t take their chances, but I think they put themselves under too much pressure sometimes.
“I think we rely on them heavily to put the ball in the back of the net and she (Bachmann) showed up in the big game when it mattered.”
The Blues now have one remaining aim, to win the league and Bright stressed that the club are determined to finish the job off.
“I think it’s been our aim from start to finish and there is nothing stopping us doing that apart from ourselves” the defender said..
“I think as long as we stick to our game plan and make sure that we go and recover now and be ready for Wednesday against Birmingham, there is nothing stopping us from going on and winning the league.”
Chelsea have four matches remaining and trail league leaders Manchester City on goal difference alone.
Interview by Jonty Colman