Jordan Nobbs says it was crucial for Arsenal to start quickly in their FA Women's Cup final victory over Bristol Academy.

Steph Houghton gave Shelley Kerr's side the lead with less than two minutes on the clock, emphatically heading home Rachel Yankey's pinpoint left-wing cross before Nobbs and Ellen White sealed the win after the break.

Nobbs was named player of the match after a typically energetic display in central midfield and was delighted to lift the trophy for the second time in her career.

I'm chuffed to bits and hopefully there are more to come

Jordan Nobbs

"It's always a privilege just to be on the pitch never mind to get player of the match," she told Arsenal.com. "I'm chuffed to bits and hopefully there are more to come.

"I think the early goal settled us a bit. You get a little bit more confident on the ball sometimes when that happens. We kept the same mentality even after that. We definitely wanted to go out with a strong mentality and I think that's why we got the goal early on."

The victory earned the Ladies their 12th FA Cup title. They were defeated by Chelsea in last season's semi-final and Nobbs believes the pain that came with that defeat motivated the team to victory.

"Not everyone wins every single game," the 20-year-old said. "I think it's normal to have your setbacks but I think that's when you get out stronger. We didn't want anything like that to happen again this year and I think that's helped us to go and win it. We've proved that we still can win it.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 26 May 2013