Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:49PM UTC, Thursday, 01 December 2011
Paul Mortimer believes the Charlton Womenís teamís recent dip in form is merely a blip and hopes they can get back to winning ways when they host Cardiff City on Sunday.
The Addicks have not won in four games and have slipped down to seventh in the table and technical director Mortimer feels his side owe Cardiff a performance.
The Bluebirds halted Charlton’s eight game winning streak last season at Bayliss Avenue, coming from behind to win 2-1 and make the title race slightly more exciting.
Mortimer said: “[Games against Cardiff] are always tight, tense affairs. Here last year we let ourselves down and we owe Cardiff a performance.
“But we owe ourselves a complete performance. We were brilliant for the whole 90 minutes against Villa and we didn’t give up. We have to go back to that again.
“We have to start winning these physical battles because if we are not up for that the table could have a very different look to it come the end of the season.
“I don’t really envisage that being an issue. I think this is a blip for us and the girls have to learn from it. I believe in the girls, probably more than they do which is why I get the hump with them.
“I believe in their ability, I believe they have the potential to be very, very good but potential doesn’t win you anything. The girls have to go out and perform and have faith in what they’re doing.”
Mortimer was disappointed with the lack of fight the Addicks showed in their last outing, as they lost 3-0 away to table-topping Leeds United. However, there were some pleasing aspects, no less the performance of 16-year-old Kit Graham.
“There were some good performances,” he added. Fliss [Gibbons] played well, as did Gemma [Bryan] up front. For her debut I thought Kit handled it really well and she didn’t get enough help from other players.
“[Those three] never hid, they carried on playing but some of the other girls need to have a good look at themselves.
“What didn’t help us is that our team wasn’t at its strongest. Jordan had to come off early and then Ellie, who came on for her, had to come off after five minutes because she clashed heads.
“That changed the team around and people were in unfamiliar positions but that has nothing to do with not fighting and not putting the effort in and that is what disappointed me.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Cardiff City Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 4 December
Kick off: 1400
Cardiff (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division: 2nd
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Quarter Finals (Lost 5-0 to Barnet)
FA Women’s Cup: 3rd Round (Lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday)
5 October 2008, League: Away, Won 1-0: Own Goal.
1 March 2009, League: Home, Draw 1-1: Natalie Crinean.
1 November 2009, League: Away, Lost 1-2: Jenny Newman.
25 April 2010, League: Home, Won 1-0: Gemma Bryan.
5 September 2010, League: Away, Won 2-0: Kim Dixson, Gemma Bryan.
24 April 2011, League: Home, Lost 1-2: Fliss Gibbons.