Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:28PM GMT, Thursday, 10 November 2011
The Charlton Women’s team travel to the West Midlands to take on Aston Villa on Sunday, looking to bounce back from their 1-1 draw to Reading last weekend.
The game against the Royals was winnable but it took a scrambled Ellie Bailes goal to drag the Addicks back into the game after Gemma Bryan had missed a penalty.
Now technical director Paul Mortimer wants his side to revert back to basics in order to pull away from the Villains, who are just a point away from Charlton in the table.
He said: “It’s away from home, which may give us more space because they will come at us. I am sure they will be flying and confident after beating us last time.
“We need to be more consistent. I hate going back to basics but we really need to. Players need to go back to thinking simply about what gave us success in the games we were successful.
“What went well? What went wrong? We must have learnt from that – why aren’t we learning from that now? Those are the questions we all have to sit down and think about.
“The question for the girls is, ‘have we got enough to be a decent top side’? I think so and we are not in that bad a place, we just have to keep going.”
Despite dropping points in games they should have won, the Addicks have held their own well in a higher league. Mortimer is looking at the positives and hopes his side can continue to improve.
“We haven’t been beaten, which is a good thing,” he added. “We came from a goal down, which is a good thing. And we did enough to win in terms of terriroty, possession and chances.
“We have to start taking games by the scruff of the neck and grinding out results. We go back to the training pitch and keep trying to improve and working on things.”
Aston Villa Ladies v Charlton Athletic Women
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Church Road, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5RY
When: Sunday 13 November
Kick off: 1400
Aston Villa (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 1st
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 5-4 to Portsmouth)
FA Women’s Cup: 2nd Round (Lost 2-0 to Sporting Club Albion)
26 October 2003, League: Away, Won 5-2: Amanda Barr (2), Alexa Hunn (2), Carmaine Walker.
30 November 2003, League: Home, Won 8-2: Amanda Barr (3), Ann-Marie Heatherson (3), Casey Stoney, Jo Broadhurst.
11 September 2011, League: Home, Lost 0-3.