REACTION: Chelsea 2 Blues 0

REACTION: Chelsea 2 Blues 0

MANAGER Marta Tejedor was left with mixed emotions after a promising display ended with a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. 

Guro Reiten struck at the end of a first half in which Blues had forced the better openings on the break but Beth England wrapped up the points as the FA Women's Super League title challengers had the better of it after the break at Kingsmeadow. 

"I was very happy with the way we were in the first half," said Tejedor. 

"Maybe we could even have been a little more offensive, I sometimes had the feeling we could have gone forward and that we were wary of going too high in case.

"We had a very good chance with Lucy Staniforth, it was very close and the first half was great apart from the last minute because the goal came. 

"Knowing that Chelsea would then play the ball backwards, move it around more, it forced us to go higher than in the first half.

"The second goal came from us trying to press higher which left a lot of space in behind, it came from the long ball.

"When we risked more in the second half we lost some of our organisation and composure so we are a little bit disappointed with that because we wanted something more.

"If we had held it at 1-0 for longer, we could have worked towards something else. 

"There were some good things to take from the game, though. Games like these make you understand where you need to improve and I told the players after, these matches give us big lessons to take forward."

Blues striker Rachel Williams brought up her 100th career FA Women's Super League appearance in the clash and Tejedor was quick to pay tribute to her sterling achievements. 

"It is something we congratulate Rachel on, it is great for her because she had to work so hard to rebuild after a tough, tough injury," said Tejedor. 

"She has had a great career and hopefully she can play many more games and help us to get to where we need to be."