Emma Hayes had implored her Chelsea team to give her a reaction, after wilting in the League Cup final to Arsenal on Sunday. She even made seven changes to her starting XI for this Brighton game, such was her angst to shake her side into form.
Sunday’s Continental Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea delivered an entertaining contest for both those watching on BBC One and the record crowd at Selhurst Park - but this is a cup that remains in great need of reform.
Gunners boss wants his side back at the top after ending long wait for major trophy
Emma Hayes says she feels none of her players played well as Chelsea were comfortably beaten 3-1 in the Continental League Cup final by Arsenal at Selhurst Park. Chelsea were competing in their fourth consecutive League Cup final and hadn’t lost in all competitions since Liverpool stunned them in the opening day of the WSL season last autumn. Sam Kerr put the Blues ahead after just 98 seconds, but Stina Blackstenius levelled soon after.