On the game as a whole...
"We were disappointed with our first-half performance, tried to pin some things down at half time and I think in the second half and for the majority of extra time we were the better team. But you can't have that many chances in a game and not put them away. If you look at the territory and the amount of times that we were in their box then you have to be clinical in those areas and I think if we had been then we would have won the game."

On losing a number of key players of the last 18 months...
"I don't want to use that as an excuse. I was confident that if we perform then the team we put out there can compete with any team in the League. I don't think they did that in the first half but in the second half we did show that. Everton are our closest rivals and in terms of possession and territory and chances we had way more in the second half. The youngsters who are coming through have to learn and learn quickly. It is my job and maybe the senior players' job to pick people up quickly and make sure that we win the League. I think everyone thinks that it is a done deal but we have to make sure we bounce back quickly and get points in the bag to come away with the League title."

On the chance to win the FA Women's Premier League within the next week...
"It doesn't get much better because within seven days we will be playing Everton again [at Boreham Wood on Sunday, May 9]. If we were disappointed with today and feel that we should have done better then let's go and put it right next Sunday."

On if the experience of losing will help the youngsters in the future...
"I think so, we can only learn from it. I said to them 'let's not have this feeling again because it is not nice'. But we have to learn from it and learn from it quickly. This Club isn't used to this feeling. We have to make sure we reflect on the game and learn from the mistakes we made and the chances we didn't put away and the next time the chance comes along we have to make sure we come out on top."

On if it is a consolation to have taken part in an entertaining Cup Final...
"Maybe I will think about that in the next 48 hours but right now it doesn't mean anything. But I am told it was a good advert for women's football. For it to be such a tight game and for there to be goals scored, I think the crowd enjoyed it and if that can do women's football good then great. We will bounce back from this and we will learn from it, so if this game helps the development of women's football then fantastic."

On an end to her 100 per cent domestic record as Arsenal Ladies manager...
"It is disappointing, we've been working really hard on being hard to beat. This is the first time we have conceded two goals in a game since the Champions League game [a 2-0 defeat to Duisburg], so we have to make sure we learn from that. I have said to the girls already that we can't keep relying that we won't concede because if we do that it is putting pressure on the defenders all the time. Although we conceded three goals today, I think we could have scored double that."

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