Leah Williamson says Arsenal’s Women’s Super League defeat against Chelsea will have no bearing on next month’s Women’s FA Cup final.
Pedro Martinez Losa’s side were beaten 2-0 at Meadow Park, with Fran Kirby scoring in each half to secure all three points for the Blues.
The two teams meet again in the Women’s FA Cup final on May 14, but Williamson insists Thursday’s defeat will not give Chelsea the edge at Wembley.
"It is unfortunate but the only positive side is we have the rest of the season to pick ourselves and another cup final to avenge this game"
“We are obviously bitterly disappointed,” the teenager told Arsenal Player. “Although it is early in the season you know these are big games.
“It brings out issues early and, while I would rather there were no issues, it shows us what we need to work on. It is unfortunate but the only positive side is we have the rest of the season to pick ourselves and another cup final to avenge this game.
“It will be massively different. This pitch [at Meadow Park] is half the size of Wembley. The FA Cup is all about who turns up on the day. You have seen that with Sporting Club Albion getting so far in the competition.
“If you turn up on the day wanting it that badly, then you win. I have never played in front of as many people that are expected to be there, so I think the whole occasion adds a lot to the game and it will be very different.”
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