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FA Cup blues for beaten Gunners

21 February, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes

CHELSEA manager Emma Hayes praised her team for carrying out “the perfect game plan” on Sunday to knock London rivals Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

Midfielder Bethany England scored twice at Kingsmeadow Stadium as the blues beat their capital counterparts for the second time in five weeks to reach the cup quarter-finals. Jonna Andersson also found the back of the net with a spectacular long-ranger to wrap up a resounding 3-0 win.

Revealing her team talk, Camden-born coach Hayes said: “I say to my team, ‘my job is to give you a game plan and your job is to carry it out’. Did my team carry out the game plan that was set for them against Arsenal on Sunday? Perfectly!

“There were minimal mistakes,” added the ­former Parliament Hill School pupil. “We gifted goals to Man City in our previous game, and now we have shown what happens when we don’t make errors and we don’t give away easy goals. It is probably the quietest game we have seen from Arsenal strikers Mead and Miedema all season.”

Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro agreed that the best team won, and called on the Gunners to target alternative silverware – starting with their FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup final against Man City this Saturday.

“Chelsea were better than us,” he said. “They have the squad capacity, they were better in front of goal and deserved to win the game.

“Now we need to move on and refocus on what we can still compete for. We’ve got a massive final on Saturday and the league still to go for, so perhaps it could be a blessing in disguise.”

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