A chance to restore pride against the Lionesses
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:08PM GMT, Monday, 12 March 2012
The Charlton women’s team have the chance to bounce straight back from their FA Cup hammering when they take on Millwall Lionesses in the Premier League Cup at Bayliss Avenue on Tuesday.
The Addicks were humbled on Sunday by a rampant Blackburn Rovers, who ran out deserved 5-1 winners. It was the second cup competition they have been eliminated from in eight days.
However, after Millwall defeated Gillingham 2-1 on the same day, Charlton are guaranteed a place in the first knockout stage of the League Cup, needing just a draw to qualify as group winners.
Technical director Paul Mortimer is hoping for a reaction after the loss, intimating he will stick with the same side and give them a chance to make amends.
He said: “I am disappointed. Will we get a response? Possibly but we have struggled in the last month against teams from the division below.
“We are a good side – maybe I tell them that too much because today we were poor. The Millwall game is a chance for them to respond.
“What I tend to do when we play that poorly is give people the opportunity to put that right. I think that is only fair to do this.
“That said some of them have played every game, weekend and midweek, so there may well be one or two changes if players are fit.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Millwall Lionesses
FA Women’s Premier League Cup Group Stage
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ
When: Tuesday 13 March
Kick off: 1945
Millwall Lionesses (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 8th
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 3rd Round (Lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest)
FA Women’s Cup: 4th Round (Lost 2-1 to Bristol Academy)
19 October 2008, League: Home, Won 1-0: Kim Dixson.
15 March 2009, London Cup: Home, Drew 2-2, Lost 4-2 on penalties: Ellie Stenning, Ciara Sherwood.
1 April 2009, League: Away, Drew 1-1: Natalie Crinean.
11 March 2010, London Cup: Home, Lost 0-3.
12 September 2010, League Cup: Home, Lost 2-1: Gemma Bryan.