Arsenal Women fell to a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea Ladies at Wembley in the FA Women’s Cup Final on Saturday. Gunners’ centre half pairing Leah Williamson and Louise Quinn spoke exclusively to Arseblog News immediately after the game.
On the performance……
It’s a tough feeling, we could have been better. But for games like this one, you really have to turn up on the day and put everything on the pitch. We had the effort and the will to win, but in some parts of the game, it just wasn’t happening today.
On playing against Chelsea’s fluid attack…..
Their movement is very tough to mark and they were on their game today. Maybe sometimes we gave them too much space, but as a defender I’m a bit devastated, you feel like you have to take a lot of the responsibility. But that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
On the game against Manchester City next Saturday…..
We’ve just got to let today and tonight pass and then go into tomorrow with a clean slate. That’s what we’re here to do, it’s our job to pick ourselves up after losses because they do happen- big ones occasionally.
We’ll be back at it tomorrow with a good mentality. We were just in an FA Cup Final, so we know we’re not a bad team. But we will concentrate on the league again and try to finish well.
On Chelsea’s bravery……
Chelsea gamble a little bit, if they lose and you analyse the game, you would say ‘they leave four up all the time’. But it works and the players at the back are so quick to mop up and set them on their way again. It’s a relentless attack, they don’t give you time to breathe.
As a defender, often you’re playing four v four at the back against them which is tough. I think that’s why they won today more than anything else. Even if they bank up and look to defend, they still leave bodies forward and players who are capable of scoring goals.
As a centre half, if I have a striker to mark and I know that’s my job that’s fine, but I couldn’t tell you who I was marking today because they change the players in their attack all the time, they don’t play fixed positions. But there is a way to combat it and we have found it at times in our games against them this season, but today the gaps were too big and we couldn’t limit their movement.
On how Arsenal evaluate their season…….
I feel like since Joe came in we’re back on a journey again, we had lost that a little bit. Despite today, I feel like we’re building something. But pretty much every game we have played since around November has been a must win game and that takes its toll emotionally. In every single game we have known no less than a win will do, in the league and in the cups.
Everybody has given everything on that journey and maybe it caught up with us over the last week or so. I was hoping we could at least get a cup double, but we haven’t given up on second place yet. We will take the game to Manchester City next weekend. We’ve had a strong second half of the season, especially defensively where we have been quite solid and that’s what I was hoping for.