Millie Bright: We’ll take the positives and move forward

Chelsea FC Women vice-captain Millie Bright says the Blues need to focus on executing our chances and finishing the game following yesterday’s goalless draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Emma Hayes’ side created several chances in the game but were unable to find the all-important breakthrough in what was a dominant display against Brighton at the People’s Pension Stadium.

‘It was a tough game, I think we dominated the ball really well,’ Bright explained.

‘For us it’s just the final third. We created lots of chances, games like this we’ve got to start putting the ball in the back of the net. We can’t go through a patch where we’re not scoring, because we’re creating a lot of chances. It’s just about being clinical and we have to be hard on ourselves, we’ve kept a clean sheet and we’ve got to go and do the job at the other end.

‘We’ve got to start getting points on the table, however it’s not a loss. For the amount of possession that we had and the amount of control in the game we have to be better in the final third and be more ruthless. Credit to Brighton I thought they defended excellently.’

Bright was pleased with the overall performance yesterday against a resilient Brighton side.

‘Some of the passages of play were brilliant, lots of stuff that we worked on in training were shown in the game. The intent, the pressures defensively and aggression off the ball was all there, everything else was perfect and it was just the last little bit.

‘Whether it’s the detail of the pass, the first touch, there were some really clear opportunities to go 1-0 up and we’re passing those chances by and for us that’s got to be better. We’ll take the positives and move forward.’

The Blues kept our first clean sheet of 2022 against Brighton. As Bright explains she wants the back line to be as solid as possible moving forward.

‘We gave up two goals in the last game against West Ham which we weren’t happy about, so we put that to one side as the first game back after a long period. We want to be hard to beat, we want to be ruthless defensively and make sure that if a team is going to get a goal against us they’ve earnt it. Ideally we keep clean sheets from now on and moving forward.’

It’s a quick turnaround for the team as we prepare to face West Ham in the FA WSL at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday night. It’s the second game against the Irons in seven days, having played them last week in the FA Continental Tyres League Cup quarter-final.

‘We were used to this routine of a game every two or three days anyway, so I think for us that’s probably when we’re at our best, keeping the momentum. We’ve been putting in some hard training sessions without games for so long so for us now it’s exciting to have a game so often.

‘It’s a different game, it’s the league not the Conti Cup so they might come with a different game plan. We’ll just have to prepare for what they’re going to throw it us and first and foremost prepare our game plan and make sure that we’re fresh going into that game.’

Tickets for Wednesday’s fixture against West Ham are on sale and can be purchased here. The match will also be available to watch on the BBC Red Button in the UK.

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