Chelsea v Man City

Saturday 25 July 2015

Millie Bright confident of instant Chelsea response

After losing to Sunderland last time out, the FA WSL 1 leaders take on Manchester City

Chelsea’s Millie Bright insists her side are ready and raring to bounce back from their shock defeat to Sunderland as they gear up to take on mid-table Manchester City, live on BT Sport.

The league leaders were humbled last time out against the Black Cats, losing 4-0 away from home and surrendering their unbeaten start to the season in the process.

And on Sunday they welcome City who have pushed them close twice already this season – Chelsea edging their SSE Women’s FA Cup encounter 1-0 to set up a final clash with Notts County, before a 1-1 draw in the league.

But Bright believes her side have learned their lessons from a blip at the Hetton Centre, and is confident that in front of a home crowd they can extend their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport standings.

“It just wasn’t our day last time out against Sunderland but we’ve got to take what positives we can from that game,” said the 21-year-old midfielder.

“Every good team has to lose eventually but we’ll take it as a massive lesson in order to improve as a team even more.

“The aim is to bounce back, we could have had a bigger gap at the top but we’re still there, that’s the main thing.

“City are a great team, it was a close game the last time we played them and I’m expecting something similar over the course of 90 minutes this time.

“We want the three points, and we’re confident being at home in front of our home fans that we can get back to winning ways.”

Meanwhile City manager Nick Cushing is adamant his side can still challenge at the summit of the table, despite a less than convincing start to the season.

The Citizens won just three of their opening seven WSL 1 games, but are only six points adrift of the Blues with a game in hand, and Cushing is backing his players for a title tilt in the second half of the season.

He said: “At this moment in time, mathematically, the title isn’t out of reach. We can still pick up the points to make a challenge and the Chelsea game is really important for us.

“They sit at the top of the league at the moment and the pressure is really on them. The longer you go at the top the more that pressure grows.

“They have been exceptionally good all over the pitch, and they have just made a new signing so they will be really on a high – Fran Kirby has the potential to be the best player in the league.

“Chelsea have the strongest squad in the league and their position is justified, but we’ve played them twice this season and on another day we could be sitting back looking at two wins rather than a draw and a loss.

“We played very well in both games and I believe we were the better team, so hopefully we can get more out of this game.”

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3 Manchester City Women FC 4 5 8
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5 Chelsea FC Women 5 -3 6
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