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Karen Carney on bouncing back and sticking together

Karen Carney insists Chelsea Women will regroup and turn their attention to a big week of domestic cup action following the Blues’ defeat to Birmingham City on Sunday.

An 11-match winning run was brought to an end by the Midlands club, who secured a 3-2 victory at Kingsmeadow in a topsy-turvy encounter, and our hopes of retaining the WSL title appear slim, with both Manchester City and Arsenal holding six and five-point leads over us respectively.

However, we still have three cup competitions to go for, including the Champions League as England’s last remaining representative, but the next big tests on the horizon will come in the FA Cup and Continental Tyres League Cup.
 

First, we travel to Everton on Sunday to begin our defence of the former, while the latter sees us in midweek action as we host Man City in a last-four tie at Kingsmeadow.

Following our first defeat since October, Carney addressed the performance against her former club as well as backing the players to turn it around in the knockout competitions.

‘They had three fantastic chances and they produced three unbelievable finishes,’ she said. ‘We have to give them a lot of credit. We didn't capitalise in the first 20 minutes, when I thought we were superb, and we didn't put the game to bed.

‘Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and we got done with three sucker punches. You take it on the chin.

‘I don't think we were at our best and it's something we need to address. But when we lose, we remain humble and we go again. We'll focus on the cup competitions now and we just need to be better, regroup and stay together.’

 

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