Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Last weeks 3rd goal scorer Fliss Gibbons (centre)
Come along and support the Women in the FA Cup on Sunday
Come along and support the Women in the FA Cup on Sunday
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:08PM GMT, Friday, 24 February 2012
Paul Mortimer wants an improvement from the Charlton Women’s team when they face Derby County in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.

The Addicks defeated Bradford City, who are two divisions below, 3-1 last weekend, having gone in on level terms and Mortimer admitted they will most likely lose if they play like that again.

In the end, though, they did get the result against what was a hard-working, physical Bradford side, and that pleased Mortimer.

He said: “We weren’t great for the 90 minutes in terms of the way we want to play but we kept at it, the girls kept going, kept trying and we got our just rewards in the end.

“I have to give my girls credit because we didn’t play well but we are into the next round and that is what the cup is all about – you can play poorly and still get through.

“Although I warned them that is a get out of jail free card. If we play like that next week we will get beat.”

You could sense what getting a result meant to the visitors, every tackle, every clearance, and especially their goal, were celebrated like a victory.

Derby will be similar, a lower division team looking for a cup upset, but after defeating West Ham at the weekend, they have quality to back that up.

Mortimer added: “It is very difficult sometimes when you play against a team from a division below if you don’t start with the right mentality. It is very difficult to bring it in halfway through the game.

“At the start I thought our frame of mind wasn’t great and the girls have to understand that, regardless of who you are playing, you have to be ready to play, match them and do the ugly bits as well as the simple bits.”

Scorer of the third goal against the Bantams Fliss Gibbons was named PHSC plc’s Player of the Match and Mortimer was full of praise for the winger.

She seamlessly slipped into the striker’s role due to an injury to Gemma Bryan and has recently earned a call up to the England Under 19 squad for a friendly tournament in La Manga next month.

Mortimer added: “I thought Fliss was brilliant, she worked really hard and took a hell of a hammering but, as she normally does, she dusted herself down and kept on going.

“This why she is always going to be in the side because I know that, good bad or indifferent, she will put a shift in. If she is having a bad game, which she didn’t, she will still keep going.

“That is why she is getting all the plaudits and the international recognition, which is deserved so I am pleased for her.”

Charlton Athletic Women v Derby County Ladies
FA Women’s Cup Fourth Round
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 26 February
Kick off: 1400

Derby County (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division: 5th
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Group Stage
FA Women’s Cup: 4th Round (Lost 4-2 on penalties to Sunderland after 0-0 draw)

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