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Shelley Kerr was delighted with Arsenal's second trophy success of the season and praised her team for their patience after two late goals gave them a 2-0 victory over Lincoln Ladies in the Continental Cup Final.
"It did take time but I thought we thoroughly deserved the win," she said. "We created enough chances and that's exactly what it's been like all season. The difference tonight was we were a little bit more patient and we managed to get the goal and then another one soon after. We're delighted with another clean sheet but when it comes to a cup final you just want to win.
"We spoke about [breaking down Lincoln] all week. We said that the three games we've played against them have all been draws and we've had so many chances in this game tonight but that's a credit to Lincoln, because they are so well organised defensively.
"But we stayed patient and when you have to defend for long periods it's really difficult to do and I felt maybe Lincoln tired a bit because you have to concentrate so hard it drains you sometimes. We had that class and we eventually got the goals.
"Ellen [White] was delighted to make amends after the chances she missed earlier on in the game. But the one good thing about Ellen is she does get chances in the game and she doesn't let her head go down and she's always capable of getting goals."
Shelley was also pleased with the performance of Kim Little on the night, the Scottish international having given a dazzling second half display: "She's a big player for the big occasions and she delivered tonight. I was delighted for her to get a goal because that's something that maybe has been missing in her game. We've played her in a deeper role, to be fair to her, but she thoroughly deserved that goal tonight."
The Cup Final win came after a relatively bad few weeks for Arsenal which saw them finish in an unaccustomed third place in the FA WSL despite having now stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches in all competitions and only conceding three times since the mid-season break. "We had a draw in the league and then we had the points deduction so it was really tough for us as a Club to try and move forward," she explained.
"In football that's the most important thing, you have to move forward and the way I see it is that we would have had a Champions League spot if we hadn't received the points deduction and we've won two out of three domestic trophies. For anybody who is doubting the talents we've got at this Club or how good we are as a team I think the facts are there for everyone to see.
"We've lost one game domestically all season and people have been doubting us as a team. We got to the semi finals of the Champions League, won two domestic trophies and have the best defensive record in the league so that tells you how talented they are."
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