Chelsea lift the SSE Women's FA Cup trophy
PHOTO: Nick Webster | Sportsbeat

Paul Green: “I thought it was an outstanding performance from start to finish”

Assistant manager Paul Green heaped praise on Chelsea’s players as they powered to an SSE Women’s FA Cup final victory over Arsenal.

A delightful Ramona Bachmann double and Fran Kirby’s excellent strike sealed a 3-1 success for the Blues, with Vivianne Miedema giving the Gunners hope with a close-range finish to make it 2-1 after Bachmann struck twice early in the second period.

The triumph, in front of a record crowd of more than 45,000 at Wembley, was the second time Chelsea have lifted the trophy after beating Notts County in the 2015 showpiece.

And it was revenge for the 2016 final between the two sides, which saw Arsenal defeat the Blues, heavy favourites on the day, to lift their 14th crown.

But the west Londoners showed no signs of nerves this time around and Green was left beaming after their commanding display at the home of football.

“I thought it was an outstanding performance from start to finish – we played some excellent football and those three goals would light up any final,” said Green.

“I thought there of them were excellent strikes and we thoroughly deserved winners.

Chelsea celebrate their 2018 SSE Women's FA Cup win
PHOTO: Nick Webster | Sportsbeat

“At half-time, Emma Hayes and I encouraged the strikers once they were in one against one situations to be a bit more direct and try and drive at them and take them into the box rather than be so intricate and trying to find combinations around the box.

“I thought they did really well and we got the joy from that with all three goals.”

It was Chelsea’s first trophy of the season and they will hope to add to their silverware cabinet in less than a month’s time with the FA WSL 1 title race going down to the wire.

Hayes’ charges are level on points with Manchester City with four games left apiece – and with each side missing out on a place in the Champions League final, they will be extra keen to seal the league crown.

Chelsea lost to Wolfsburg the month before, and Green added the FA Cup title was the perfect way to rally from the European disappointment.

“It was a great way to bounce back – to get to a European semi-final, obviously you want to go to the final but Wolfsburg did show over the two legs that they were the better team,” he added,

“We’ve still got a way to go but certainly domestically we’re one of the dominant teams and we showed that and you can’t ask for a better way to bounce back from a European exit than winning the FA Cup.”

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