Chelsea Ladies vice-captain Gilly Flaherty has insisted that the pressure of winning the treble was not a factor in their Continental Cup defeat.
The Blues lost 1-0 in the quarter finals to fellow WSL1 side Birmingham City thanks to Jo Potter’s freekick, with Birmingham currently languishing second from bottom in the domestic table.
Chelsea have however already won the FA Women’s Cup, and are two points clear at the top of the WSL1 table with two games remaining (Liverpool away and Sunderland at home).
Despite the somewhat disappointing defeat, Flaherty has insisted that the pressure coming into the game wasn’t on any of the Chelsea players’ minds:
“We approached this cup in the same way that we approached the league and the FA Cup,” the 24-year old told BBC Sport.
“It was something that we took seriously. Last year we got to the semi-finals – we wanted to go one more this year and get to the final.
“If you are up there with the best, you have to accept that pressure. I don’t think it affected us.
“We weren’t really at the game. Birmingham showed up and we didn’t.
“Don’t take the credit away from Birmingham. They were the better team and deserved to get into a semi-final.
“It’s tough to break down that (defensive) wall. But we’ve got to find a solution because we might face it again, in the next two games in the league.”