Paul Mortimer wants a “Sunday reaction” from the Charlton women’s team when they take on “the best team in the division” on Sunday at Bayliss Avenue.
Top of the table Sunderland travel to South East London this weekend hoping to keep their title chances alive against a Charlton side that have lost their last two weekend games.
A 2-0 loss to Southern Division side Tottenham in the London Cup semi final was followed by a 5-1 thrashing at home to Northern Division Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round.
After bouncing back from both of those games in their next midweek fuxture, Mortimer now wants to see a performance and result in the weekend clash.
He said: “It should be a big game. They are the best team in this division by a way. We played really well against them in the first game and I think we have something to prove.
“The girls owe a performance on a Sunday because we haven’t been as good as we can be the last couple of Sundays.
“The less said about the Blackburn game the better. It can be safely said that game was not good enough. Every now and again you need a wake-up call, hopefully that was ours.
“We should be in a cup final, having beaten Spurs, and we should at the very least still be competing in the FA Cup.
“The response against Millwall, a win and clean sheet, I can’t ask for any more than that. But I am looking for a Sunday response. That is the challenge for the girls.”
The game is third versus first and and a win for the Addicks will give them the best possible chance of finishing in the top three, with every team below having at least one game in hand.
But, as Mortimer agrees, a top half finish having only just been promoted will be a good return from this season.
“At the start of the season the brief was to stay up,” he added. “Now, if you take the games in isolation, I believe we could have finished outright third.
“The season has been great. I can be nothing but pleased with the girls so far. Now they have to try and finish it off properly. I want us to win our last game and finish as high up as possible.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Sunderland Women
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 18 March
Kick off: 1300
Sunderland (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 1st
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Semi Finalists (Lost 2-1 to Portsmouth after Extra Time)
FA Women’s Cup: Quarter Finalists (Lost 3-2 to Arsenal after Extra Time)
7 May 2006, League: Away, Won 6-0: Casey Stoney (2), Ashlee Hincks, Eniola Aluko, Amanda Barr, Karen Hills.
4 March 2007, League: Home, Won 8-0: Danielle Murphy (2), Ashlee Hincks (2), Eniola Aluko, Natasha Dowie, Jo Potter, Harpa Porsteindottir.
8 April 2007, League: Away, Won 2-1: Eniola Aluko, Casey Stoney.
18 September 2011, League: Away, Drew 2-2: Kim Dixson, Gemma Bryan.