Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has described her side’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup final victory over Bristol City as a ‘bittersweet moment’.
The Blues cruised to a 6-0 success over The Robins in which Sam Kerr netted a hat-trick and fellow forward Fran Kirby had a hand in all six goals.
Chelsea’s victory was tarnished by a nasty injury sustained by defender Maren Mjelde in the second half which saw the player leave the field on a stretcher.
Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, a somewhat solemn Hayes labelled the victory as a ‘bittersweet moment’.
“I think it’s a bittersweet moment to be honest,” said Hayes. “We were missing a big piece of us come the final whistle.
“However, to have a difficult away tie away in the Champions League and to finish two of the last four games with 10 players, I think that my team is once again showing its resilience.
“Today, what I was so impressed with was the intensity, the intention right from the start. I think that we really took the game to Bristol, we were relentless for 60 minutes, we didn’t take our foot off the pedal.
“We always talk about the opponent but from my perspective, I thought my team were outstanding.
“Sometimes, you’ll play a stronger opponent and not play as well but today, I thought that we really played well.”
Defender Mjelde sustained her injury after going in for a tackle with Bristol City substitute Aimee Palmer. The player clearly came out of the challenge in severe pain with her screams heard at the opposite side off the pitch. Her manager Hayes was unable to provide an update on her well-being immediately after the match.
“I know that she is at the hospital now and we will have to wait until the pain subsides before they can do a scan,” said The Blues boss. “I don’t have any update.
“Maren is a hugely popular member of our team, she is the mother hen, she is a player who is admired by all.
“She is a player that we have counted on so many times so I think that everyone is really devastated for her today and that she couldn’t celebrate with the team at the end.
“I know my club and whatever the situation is, we will take good care of her.”
Chelsea swiftly return to Barclays FA Women’s Super League action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Walton Hall Park to take on Everton.