On Sunday Chelsea Ladies finished off their season with a home defeat to Lincoln, and while results on the pitch haven't always reflected the team's performances, great progress has been made both on and off the pitch, as assistant manager Paul Green explains to the official Chelsea website…
Two goals either side of half-time were enough for WSL Continental Cup finalists Lincoln Ladies to triumph 2-0 at Wheatsheaf Park on Sunday, and Green admits he has no complaints about the scoreline.
'We were disappointed with the team's performance. We didn't feel as though we deserved anything out of the game, whereas in previous weeks we had been quite happy with the performance, if not the results.
'On Sunday we got what we deserved, Lincoln were the better team. We just didn't compete with them, and on the balance of play it was a fair result.'
Our Ladies' games have seen plenty of goals this season, at both ends, and Green says that he and manager Emma Hayes are already working on defensive reinforcements for the next campaign to ensure our results start reflecting our performances.
'The story of our season is that we have given away too many goals. We've scored quite a lot of goals, the fifth most in the league, but we've conceded the third most. We need to improve defensively; we know we need to strengthen in those areas and we'll be looking to do that in the next few months.
'We have been quite happy with the vast majority of our performances and our attacking play, but when you keep shipping goals at the other end it's very difficult to stay in the game. Our inability to keep the ball out of our own net has been our Achilles heel this season.
'Emma and I know what we lack. We have identified the areas that we need to recruit, and the type of character that we need to install into the group. We'll be working very hard in the coming months to put those key pieces in place to make sure next season we're competitive and we're right up there at the top end of the table.'
Record crowds watched Chelsea Ladies in action this season at Staines Town FC, just one of a number of positives to be taken from the 2013 WSL campaign that all point to a bright future for the club.
'This season our playing philosophy has really developed over the course of the season,' Green says. 'It's expansive and now we're playing attractive football.
'Five or six young players have come through the Centre of Excellence and got first team football in the second half of the season, and they're all going to be better off for their experiences. We have so many good young players coming through who have all made an impact in the team and I'm sure it will be the same next season.
'We've also built the profile of the club with the signing of Yuki Ogimi. There is a lot of interest in people wanting to sign for Chelsea now whereas I think maybe in the past that wasn't the case.
'We've had more people attend our games this season which is another positive. We've averaged over 500 this year, the first time we have ever done that.Even though it's been a disappointing season on the pitch in terms of results, overall there are a lot of positives and we have got the infrastructure now to really move forward and to be successful in the future.'