London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips said that she was proud of her side’s efforts as they fell to a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea this evening in their Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie.
The Pride were beaten by a slick Chelsea outfit who netted some superb goals which the visitors could do very little about.
The London City Lionesses defence performed well collectively throughout and although the scoreline suggests that they were completely outclassed, that wasn’t entirely true. It was a case that while Phillips’ second tier side played well, English champions Chelsea were brilliant and they were simply clinical with many of the key chances that came their way.
Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in the post-match press conference, Phillips said that she was proud of her team for their performance at Kingsmeadow.
“I’m incredibly proud of my group,” Phillips said. “I think we made some really good adjustments in the game and figured out a small number of scenarios in wide areas. We started to win the ball back in better spaces, we competed throughout and there was good organisation.
“Ultimately, we didn’t give away any sloppy goals and so those were five very good goals, barring a corner match up. Brilliant goals to give in, it wasn’t off any mistakes of our own or from any sloppy play or disorganisation.
“As much as you scout some of their movements and some of the common trends in goals that they score, it is difficult to defend against some world class players that we were playing against.”
This season has seen London City Lionesses face both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup and Chelsea in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and Phillips said that her side will benefit from those big occasions.
“We loved the draw that we got in the Conti Cup and in the FA Cup,” she said. “I said it earlier in the week that we wanted that game back with Chelsea (which was postponed due to COVID) and it’s an opportunity to test ourselves.
“We talk about it as a team, the best tool for growth is failure, it is because it stretches us. It will take a lot to learn and grow from this game.”
London City Lionesses end the 2020/2021 campaign with an FA Women’s Championship fixture at Liverpool on Sunday 2 May.