West Ham Womens boss Rehanne Skinner said she is proud of her Hammers side after losing to London rivals Chelsea in the Womens FA Cup 4th Round.

Our Hammers fell to a 3-1 loss to the Blues, however the scoreline flattered the hosts after West Ham dug in a gave a resolute display against the current champions and cup holders.

It was a late 2 goals from the host that sealed the win after West Ham forced the tie into extra-time, and the Irons boss was very proud of her battling side.

“We led the game for 70 minutes, and it took them 101 minutes in the game to actually get in front of us,” Skinner told the clubs Official Website. “That’s against the champions and the holders of the competition; this is a tough place to come.

“I thought we showed grit and determination, we worked incredibly hard for each other and created some chances. The players did what I asked of them. They have it everything and that’s all you could really want from a game like today.”

Despite it being a tough season so far for the West Ham Womens side, the foundations are building for a positive future, with the manager focused on the plan ahead.

“Everyone has been working really hard and we’re moving forward,” added Skinner. “There’s always been that desire to play when we want to play, we’re creating chances and increasing the possession that we’re having and we’re getting more bodies on the grass.

“Moving into the next couple of weeks, I think we’re building on what we said at the start of the season.

“It was always going to be a process, we were going to need to develop the squad and we were going to need to evolve the team. We want to take that into the league games and make sure we get some points on the board.”