Avilla - We'll not underestimate West Brom
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:04PM GMT, Saturday, 10 December 2016
Despite the Charlton womenís teamís current 10-game unbeaten streak, including eight wins on the bounce, Avilla Bergin says there is room for improvement on the performance side.
The Addicks will look to take a step closer to yet another cup final when they host West Bromwich Albion at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup quarter final - ko 2pm
Coming off a morale-boosting 2-1 FA Cup victory over local rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend, the squad is flying high, but Bergin says they were disappointed with their first-half performance and sees plenty of areas for improvement.
“We’re feeling more and more confident as that unbeaten streak goes on,” she said.
“I think at times we feel like we’ve got the result but not always been happy with our performance but that’s just credit to the girls that they’ve got such high expectations for themselves, that winning isn’t enough – we want to say that we’ve given a good performance as well along with that.
“We felt like we didn’t really give a good representation of ourselves in the first half [against Palace]. They dominated possession and had the better chances and I think we all felt we got a bit lucky only being 1-0 down at the break.
“But credit to all the girls, the way we came out in the second half was like a completely different team and we were really chuffed that we were able to get the win at the end.”
The Baggies promise to be an unknown quantity for Charlton, but are expected to be a tough test, having won the FAWPL Northern Division last season, losing out to Brighton in the play off final in May.
Although they currently sit second from bottom in that league, they have games in hand on almost every other team and know that two wins could move them into third place.
And Northern Ireland international Bergin says, whilst her side will focus on what they can do, they will not underestimate their opponents.
She added: “We’re not too sure what they’ll bring to the table but looking at their cup runs and league form last year they were definitely a big force in their league so we’ll not underestimate them.
“We’ll try to focus a bit more on ourselves and not the opposition – we know that if we play the way we can play, it doesn’t matter who we come up against. I think that should be the priority for us at the moment – just focusing on our own game for a bit.”
A summer signing from Tottenham Hotspur, Bergin was part of the Spurs side that overcame Cardiff City on penalties to lift the FAWPL Cup last season. That memory was a highlight from her time in North London and the 25-year-old hopes to repeat that with her new side, who win the competition the year before.
“We want to try to win some silverware this season, so the closer we can get to those finals the better. It’s always nice to get a good cup run and we know we’re not far off the final so it’s a big incentive to try and get another win on Sunday.
“[Winning the FAWPL Cup] was without a doubt one of my favourite games for Spurs and it was nice to finish on a high with that so to be able to try and replicate that with Charlton would be excellent. It’s definitely something to push towards.”