Back to League Action at City . . .After 10am Saturday pitch inspection game confirmed as ON
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:43PM GMT, Thursday, 29 November 2012
The Charlton women’s team get back into Premier League action this weekend when they travel to face an in-form Manchester City.
The Addicks are looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat to leaders Sunderland last time out in the league but will face a tough City side who have won their previous two matches.
It will be the second time the sides have faced each other, with the home tie ending in a thrilling 4-4 draw, with Charlton equalising twice in injury time, despite leading 2-0 at one point.
Caretaker manager Bill Long is looking forward to getting back into league action, having beaten Millwall Lionesses a fortnight ago, and hopes for a better result than back in August.
He said: “The cup, as we’ve mentioned many times, is a good distraction and we have done well in it but we need to get back into league action and get results there.
“Sunderland are a really good side but we need to be getting results against the Man Citys and Aston Villas and places like that. It will be good to bounce back and we have a great opportunity to win this game.
“It will be a tough game and we gave them a good game at home at the beginning of the season. We have to go up there with the right mentality and if we can do that we can get a result out of the game.
“I would hope that if we go 2-0 up in this game we can go on to win it comfortably. Hopefully we don’t make the same mistakes as we did last time.”
As we get closer to the winter break, the Addicks schedule has been stop-start, with just one game every other week possible since mid-October due to the weather.
The latest match to fall to a waterlogged pitch was last weekend’s Premier League Cup home match against Lewes and, whilst Long agrees that it has been disruptive, his side have had good training sessions and are ready for this Sunday’s clash.
“It is a little bit [disruptive],” he added. “It’s nice to play week in, week out so if see a mistake in one game you can bounce back the following week and try to get that right.
“On the other hand, in between those games we train hard and try to work on different things. All we can do is get those things right in the training sessions and put them into the game at the weekend.
“We are getting good sessions in, the girls are working hard in training and we are working on the way we play so hopefully that will hold us in good stead for this weekend.”