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Reaction: Blues 0 Chelsea 1

Head Coach Carla Ward hailed the resilience displayed by Blues in pushing Chelsea all the way.

Fran Kirby’s ninth-minute header ensured the visitors grabbed a 1-0 FA Barclays Women’s Super League (WSL) victory from the SportNation.bet Stadium, Solihull.

There was no denying Chelsea had the bulk of the play but Blues stood firm and almost nicked a late leveller through Claudia Walker to leave Ward bursting with pride.

“We showed incredible resilience out of possession and every single one of the players was absolutely exceptional,” said Ward.

Ward hailed the impact of Blues new Assistant Coach, Alan Reeves, who's defensive insight was evident in the team's resolute defending. 

"Reevesy has stepped in and been brilliant, not only for the girls but for me as well. His knowledge of the game is invaluable and I'm pleased we've been able to bring him in and make this happen."

“I told the girls to take a lot of heart from that because if we defend that well and keep improving week on week then the points will come sooner or later.

“It is a work in progress at the minute. Each week we are getting tighter and more organised as a group, we are talking more and we are certainly fighting more which is all I ask.”

Next up is a trip to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup group stage on Wednesday (7.45) before WSL trips to Reading and Bristol City.

“If we can take that performance into the games against teams in and around us and sharpen up at the other end I think we have every chance,” added Ward.

“At the moment we are not focusing on scorelines, we are focusing on improving and the process we are trying to go through.

“We will take encouragement from this performance and what we are trying to do, soon enough those performances will turn into results.”

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