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Millie Bright and Erin Cuthbert on strong spirit ahead of Arsenal test

Millie Bright and Erin Cuthbert have talked up the strength and character in the Chelsea Women's ranks ahead of the huge FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

Our KT1 home is all set as we continue our defence of the trophy we won so impressively last term with a dominant win at Wembley Stadium over the Gunners. Tickets are still available online for a game which is the standout tie of the fifth round.

We go into the game on a high after fighting back from a two-goal deficit to draw at the home of WSL leaders Manchester City, with our second-half performance drawing plenty of positives for Cuthbert to highlight.

'We knew we'd let ourselves down in the first half, we didn't stick to the game-plan, but we had the fitness levels to push on,' said the Scottish international, whose determined pressing helped set up our first goal for Ji So-Yun.

'We probably had enough chances to get four or five goals, but credit to City, they blocked everything that came their way. We're creating chances and that's the main thing.'
 

Bright, meanwhile, pointed to the mental aspect of that second-half comeback and why that stands us in good stead for the future, starting with Sunday's game at Kingsmeadow.

'We went back to the basics – having a bit of pride, a bit of passion,' she said. 'We dug deep and made sure we were on the same page. We picked ourselves up amazingly and I think we deserved the win. We were so dominant in the second half.

'We've got strength and character. A couple of seasons ago I don't think we'd have come back from this, so it shows we've made progress as a team.

'You could see the bench screaming at us to get us going, and the girls on the pitch were bombing forward and giving everything. We've got a good side, with the pretty football, but we've also got the grind in us to get a result.'

- Chelsea Women take on Arsenal this Sunday in the FA Cup, followed by a league game against Bristol City next Wednesday. Both matches take place at Kingsmeadow and tickets can be purchased by clicking here
 

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