Charlotte - It's time to bounce back
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:12PM UTC, Thursday, 23 March 2017
The Charlton women’s team are ready to bounce back after their 1-0 loss to FA Women’s Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, according to Charlotte Lee.
Charlton travel to the West Midlands on Sunday to face yet another tough test when they tackle Coventry United, who currently sit in fourth place in the FAWPL, one point behind the Addicks with three games in hand. And it could be argued that Coventry have the advantage psychologically, having already thrashed Charlton 5-1 in Thamesmead earlier on in the season.
But Charlton are now in better form and, after the initial disappointment of the loss to Spurs, which probably means they are now out of contention for the FAWPL South title, midfielder Lee says it is time to look forward and focus on having a strong finish to the season.
Lee said: “Tuesday [after the Spurs game] was tough but we had a conversation [at training]; everybody knows when they’ve played bad – you don’t need to be told. Some of the girls were a bit hard on themselves but training was good Tuesday and Thursday.
“Spurs, you can look at it in two ways – you can look at the negatives and say we didn’t do this right or we didn’t do that right, or you can take the positives out of it and work on the negatives. There’s always room for improvement.
“Disappointed we didn’t have a game last Sunday to bounce straight back but it gives us another week to prepare, another week to come together and hopefully Sunday we can put last week behind us.
“Sometimes being the underdog is not a bad thing and we can’t go into it thinking ‘right we lost 5-1 last time’.
“If you do, like Riteesh says, the fundamentals right - you win your first ball, you win your second ball, you want it more than them – then it’s our game. It’s not about what happened last time; it’s about what happens on Sunday.”
Looking even further into the future, Lee also spoke about the importance of putting the previous Spurs game to the back of the players’ minds – as they have to meet the North Londoners four more times before the season is out.
Three of those are in cup finals – the Ryman, Capital and FAWPL Cups in chronological order – and Lee says victory in those would be consolation if they do end up losing out on the league title.
“Yeah, we might not have the league to contend with now but we’ve still got three cup finals to win and to play for,” she added.
“It was just one of those days – it was a bad day for everyone. A few things need to be worked on but more the fact of we need to move forward to what we have to play for.
“We’ve got three cup finals to play and it would be fantastic to walk away with all three – yeah they might beat us in the league but if we walk away with three trophies then I think it will be a great achievement.
“Five games against any one team is a lot to ask – you’re going to lose at one stage, it was just very disappointing that it was our last home game but we need to now channel that disappointment and the feelings we had, the anger, the frustration, into positive feelings for the next time we play them. “We know we’ve got second, third fourth gear to reach – we know we’ve got goals in the bag. It was just one of those days where we couldn’t put the ball in the net so hopefully we’ve got that out of our way and we’ve got everything to play for.”