Coombs looks ahead to 2020
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 10:45AM UTC, Thursday, 19 December 2019
The Addicks had their last game of 2019 away at Lewes postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The club caught up with captain Grace Coombs to get her thoughts on recent performances, and looking ahead to 2020.
“It was really disappointing and frustrating [Lewes postponement], we were all really looking forward to the game and after our recent performances we were confident we could have ended the year with three points.
“We wanted to end the year with a positive result as it’s been a tough year for us and there’s been a lot of change but it wasn’t meant to be and that’s football,” Coombs explained.
“Now we have some time to rest before the hard work starts again in January.
Charlton have been playing positively in recent games, despite not getting a win. Coombs believes it’s just a matter of time before the Addicks get a win in the league. The Addicks have the third best defensive record in the FA Women’s Championship.
“Everyone at the club has confidence in the team and we know it’s only a matter of time before the first win comes. There haven’t been many games this season where we haven’t played well in parts, but we know we need to work on performing for 90 minutes, not just 45 or 60 which we have been guilty of.
“We’re all frustrated with the position we’re in, in the league but we know we have to be better at both ends of the pitch. Despite that, we’ve only lost three league games, haven’t lost a league game since October and have the third best defensive record in the league, which are all positives to take into the New Year.
“We know we have the players to take us where we all want to be in the league and we’ll be working hard over the break to make sure we can get those first three points against Blackburn and then push on for the second half of the season.”
2020 will be a big year for Charlton, and the Addicks are back at The Valley in March when they take on London Bees, Coombs speaks about just how much of a difference it makes when bigger crowds support the team.
“It’s a massive boost and I don’t think we could really describe how much of an impact it has on us all. Sometimes when times get tough in games and we hear positive comments from the crowd it does lift us.
“We were extremely disappointed with how we performed in the game at The Valley earlier this season so we can’t wait to get back there and put in the performance level we know we can get to and what people deserve to see.”