Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:00PM UTC, Monday, 14 November 2011
Emma Beckett returned to the Charlton Women’s team starting line up with a bang and set up their dramatic equaliser against Aston Villa, despite playing the second half with a broken metatarsal.
The midfielder had been dropped the previous week but was restored to the first eleven for the trip to the West Midlands and impressed, playing in a more attacking role.
Almost on the stroke of full time, the midfielder took aim from all of 30 yards out. The ball looked to be flying in the top corner but Villains goalkeeper Megan Walsh made a stunning, flying save to push it round the post.
From the resulting corner Beckett’s pin-point delivery was inch-perfect for centre-back Cori Daniels to head home. She then suffered the disappointment of being told she had broken a bone in her foot.
That did make it all the more impressive, though, that she was named as PHSC plc Player of the Match.
Speaking after the game, Emma revealed she was disappointed that the Addicks did not manage to take all three points.
“To be honest I think we had enough chances to get a win but for some reason we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” she said. “It was great to score the equaliser though.
“There are times like that where you can get a bit panicky but I think it was excellent the way we just kept playing our game and the goal came a couple of minutes from time.
“It was a great header and, from memory, I think a couple of the guys took some defenders out of the way for Cori”
On her own individual performance, that saw her in the thick of the action, Emma added she was happy to have taken her chance but still saw aspects she can work on.
“I think there were bits to be pleased with but also bits to work on so it is just back to the training ground.
“I think, with a little bit of age, you do realise that if you do mess up it is down to you to get back into it, work hard and hopefully perform well.”
Unfortunately it will be a few weeks before Emma gets back out on the training pitch. Wishing you a speedy recovery Emma . . . and let's hope it is only a short break!