Addicks aiming to keep hold of the Cup
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:46PM UTC, Friday, 02 October 2015
The Charlton women’s team are determined to put in a better performance against Cardiff City than last weekend, as they begin their defence of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup on Sunday.
The Addicks were poor in Wales last weekend, losing an FAWPL south match 3-1 against the Bluebirds, despite taking the lead through Nikita Whinnett.
However, they produced the perfect response by narrowly defeating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Wednesday thanks to Gemma Shepherd’s second half strike.
And captain Kim Dixson hopes they can take some momentum over the border this weekend and progress in the cup.
She said: “I think first half we didn’t play very well [against Spurs], we knew that we needed to up it and second half we put in a very good performance, everyone worked hard for each other.
“Getting three points is massive for us, going into a cup game on Sunday, we can relax a little bit and hopefully get a result up there.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice on Sunday, we know that and we know we need to go back there and be up for it and I think everyone will be.
“We did really well [on Wednesday] and we need to take that forward for Sunday. I think we didn’t adapt to [Cardiff’s 3G pitch], but this time we know what it’s like and what they’re going to be like.
“We want to do as well as we can in all competitions; it’s just the luck of the draw that we got one of the top teams in there, which is a bit difficult but we’ll go there and play.”
The win against Tottenham, which completed a league double over the north Londoners, move Charlton into third place in the FAWPL South, just two points behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.
And Dixson acknowledged the importance of the six points, against opposition her side lost to once last season, in what is expected to be a division that is tight at the top.
“This takes us third now and we want to stay up there with [the leaders],” she added.
“I think this season everyone’s going to take points off everyone. It’s going to be one of those seasons where you have to grind out your results against these teams.
“We dropped three points against these last year so we knew about it; we’ve done what we didn’t do last season and got our six points off them.
“Their gameplan was obviously not to let us play football; they know we’ll hurt them if we play football. We didn’t do that in the first half, we had a couple of bits where we moved it quickly but we know we need to do that more often
“In the second half we needed to up the tempo and they didn’t get near us, we controlled the game second half. If was really good to get the ball down and play and off the ball we worked a lot harder: tempo was good and we got in their faces, what we didn’t do first half.”