Millie Bright and her Blues team-mates will be taking the positives from their midweek defeat against Manchester City into the league game against the same opponents on Sunday.
Chelsea Women bowed out of the Continental Tyres League Cup at the semi-final stage following a 2-0 defeat to our rivals, who netted twice in the second half through Nikita Parris after we’d created a number of clear chances in the opening 45.
That portion of the performance has given Bright cause for optimism as we prepare for a fixture against the same opponents, who are top of the Women’s Super League.
‘It's disappointing, but there are a lot of positives to take out of it,’ said our vice-captain. ‘If we'd put our chances away, we’d probably be 3-0 up at half-time, but that's football,
‘We got in good areas – some days you have your luck, some days you don't. It just wasn't our day.
‘We were fully in control in the first half and moving into the second half it got a little transitional, quite end to end. We needed to just settle on the ball and get back to doing what we did in the first half, which was keeping it and breaking them down.
‘It could be different on Sunday. I don't think a lot will change, but we'll have to wait and see. It's a massive game for us, a must-win. We need those three points.’
After a long run of clean sheets at the end of 2018, the Blues have now conceded in three of our last four fixtures and Bright hopes to see the return of our miserly defensive form on Sunday.
‘As defenders, our mentality is always on clean sheets – but that starts from the front and it's vital we get that right,’ she said. ‘That's something we've really improved on; we've been a lot more compact, stronger from front to back.’