Jill Scott asserts City have not given up on the FA Women’s Super League title race.
The Blues spurned the chance to move four points clear of second-placed Arsenal, surrendering a 2-0 lead at home to Chelsea on Sunday, but the midfielder insists her side believe the title dream is still alive.
“Anything can happen,” she declared. “Of course, we’re disappointed we couldn’t hold on for three points but there are still plenty of games to go.
“Any game where you lose points at the end is frustrating but once you take the emotion out of it, you have to focus on the positives – we’re still unbeaten and we’re playing well.
“If you look at the week overall, we had two tough games against Chelsea – we’re in the Continental Cup Final and we’re still unbeaten domestically.
“We have to keep building.”
“Going in at half-time, winning 2-0, we felt in control,” she added. “We knew Chelsea would come out fighting – they’re a top team; winners.
“We didn’t take anything for granted though. We knew they would come out fighting with nothing to lose.
“Last year, we were in the same position as they were – 2-0 down at half-time. We changed a few things and you have to go for it. We’ve done it to other teams in the past.
“They went full press and put us under pressure. At times, we did crumble and we’ll look at that – how we can relieve the pressure a bit better at times.
“For a neutral, it was an exciting game – two top teams, going head-to-head – but the result hurts. Fair play to Chelsea.
“It’s football. We have to look at the positives, regroup and remember: there are a lot of games to go.”
Scott also hailed the fans’ support, as 3,078 turned out to witness the eagerly-anticipated clash – the first of an historic ‘City v Chelsea double header’, before the men’s Premier League meeting.
“Going back six or seven years, we’d get 200-300 people,” she stated. “On Sunday, we had 3,000, which is amazing.
“It’s a step in the right direction. We have to keep building, keep putting in performances so that the spectators will want to come back and watch us.
“There are some big games still to go and we won’t give up.”