Bethany England left and Sophie Ingle of Chelsea Women hold the trophy after the game Chelsea Women v Arsenal Women, FA Women's Continental League Cup Final football match, The City Ground Stadium, Nottingham, UK - 29 Feb 2020 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

‘Chelsea were second best’ says goalscoring hero England

Chelsea forward Beth England has admitted that her side were second best despite defeating FA Women’s Super League title rivals Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final last night.

The England international fired her side into an early lead at The City Ground but Arsenal piled on the pressure and levelled with just six minutes to go. England showed her importance to Chelsea again deep in second half stoppage time as she slid in at the back post to ensure that teammate Maren Mjelde’s delivery found the back of the net to win the game for her side.

Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the match, England admitted that Chelsea had been second best and their opponents were unlucky not to lift the FA Women’s Continental League Cup trophy themselves.

“I was disappointed with the performance” said England. “I thought that Arsenal were by far the better team and I can appreciate that they will be gutted but we managed to get the win.

“We are all going into the international break now but when we get back, I think that we are going to have to take a serious look at these last few weeks because I don’t feel that we have been performing great as a team.

“We managed to remain resilient and grind out the win which is the most important thing.”

England’s career at Chelsea continues to go from strength-to-strength but it was not so long ago that manager Emma Hayes was struggling to find the player’s best position before sending her out on loan to Liverpool. The striker was humble when reflecting on the latest chapter of her story as a Blue.

The former Doncater Rovers Belles star said “Everyone’s journey is different and mine has just been a long old roll.

“It has just been about putting myself out there, trying to prove myself.

“I’ve always been a grafter and my parents always brought me up to never give up and be a worker and I’m starting to get results and Emma (Hayes) is really starting to put her faith in me.

“My confidence was always one that I did battle with and I have had a lot of help to try and boost that. Thankfully, I’m in a position now where I am much more grown up, mentally as well as physically.

“The faith that Emma is putting in me to lead that front line is a testament to itself and I just love being at this club and playing for the team.”

England will now be hoping to take her exceptional club form into the SheBelieves Cup with the Lionesses. Phil Neville’s side begin their defence of the trophy against tournament hosts the United States in Orlando on Friday.

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