Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:56PM BST, Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Cori Daniels believes the Charlton women’s team were “a different class” on Sunday as they battled to a 1-0 win in Cardiff to move into the top half of the Premier League National Division table.
After an impressive performance in their 7-2 win over Portsmouth last weekend, the Addicks travelled to Wales in high spirits and dug in to secure successive victories.
Daniels was impressive in the heart of defence, claiming the PHSC plc Player of the Match award, and after the match said she was proud of her side.
She said: “I thought the whole team did well. We dug in and showed a bit of character and determination. We needed that win and it came so I am happy.
“They didn’t stop, Cardiff. They pressured us and as soon as we got the ball they were on us but we were a different class. The game was nitty gritty but we dug in and did well.
“In other games we would have lost our heads and maybe gone and lost 2-1 but today the ambition and desire from the girls was unbelievable so credit to all of them.
“They had an understanding of the game today and what we had to go out there are do. Everyone was focused, everyone was switched on and I am proud of the girls.”
Before the Cardiff game, Charlton had scored an impressive 14 goals in five games but, by the same token, had conceded a disappointing 13.
They now have their first clean sheet of the season and centre-back Daniels is happy that their work on the training ground on set pieces is working off.
“[The clean sheet] is overdue,” she added. “We get a lot of criticism as a team defending, not just as a defence but as a team.
“It was just a matter of time before a clean sheet was coming because we are good at defending, it’s just nitty bits. Teams can’t play through us, it’s from other things like set pieces that we concede.”
On her own performance she added: “I did OK but they just put everything on my head and that’s my game so I was really happy with that.
“I think the whole team did well, though. The whole spirit of the team is there now. It was a massive boost getting that first win last week and a massive boost getting one this week so bring on the next games.
The Addicks now switch their attention to cup competitions starting with a League Cup group stage game at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
That game is followed by a trip to face Haringey Borough in the London Cup, a competition the team believe they can win.
“[Brighton] beat us pre-season so we owe them one massively,” Cori said about their next match.
“We know it’s going to be hard because, like I said, they beat us in pre-season but we’ve got the girls to do it. We’ve got the ability to do it, we just need to focus and dig out another win.”