First Team take on the Black Cats this Sunday
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:30AM BST, Friday, 16 September 2011
Paul Mortimer has insisted he will not hesitate to ring the changes after watching a lacklustre performance from the Charlton Women’s team against Aston Villa last weekend.
The Addicks make the long journey to Sunderland to take on the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday and Mortimer is demanding an improved performance.
“In four games, we have been incredibly disciplined in two and hugely undisciplined in the other two and that has cost us,” he said.
“The girls have to wise-up. They have to start thinking a bit more and start understanding what is happening in games.
“When we are not playing well we have to recognise that and say, ‘okay, we are not playing well. What are we going to do about it?’ but I didn’t sense that kind of thought [against Villa].
“We just kept approaching everything like we were playing really well and then wondering why it wasn’t happening.
“Me saying they are a good side doesn’t make it so. Their performances on the pitch show whether they are a good side or not.
“We have some good ability but all [the 3-0 defeat] shows is that we have work to do and it is back to the training ground we go, where have to underline and reinforce what we are about.
“The girls have another chance to redeem themselves but the squad is big and players need to realise that I am not going to sit down and watch them carry on doing that – the team will have to change.”
His side have bounced back before, recovering from a disappointing loss to Coventry by thrashing Reading 5-3, but this time they will have their work cut out against the runaway favourites for the league. Sunderland, however, have also tasted defeat at Coventry, going down 3-1 there last weekend.
“It is a hell of a team to bounce back against but we have to go and do it. It is going to be a tough game. Being at their place they will come at us, which will give us some space.
“It is a fabulous challenge for the girls – if we can go there and get something out of that game it would be magnificent.”
Sunderland Women v Charlton Athletic Women
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Hetton Centre, Park View, Hetton-le-Hole, DH5 9NE
When: Sunday 18 September
Kick off: 1300
Sunderland (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 1st
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Semi Finalists (Lost 2-1 to Portsmouth after Extra Time)
FA Women’s Cup: Quarter Finalists (Lost 3-2 to Arsenal after Extra Time)
Manager: Mick Mulhern
Captain: Stephanie Bannon
27 November 2005, League: Home, Won 8-0: Eniola Aluko (2), Gemma Ritchie (2), Sarah Snare, Jo Potter, Amanda Barr, Maria Bertelli.
7 May 2006, League: Away, Won 6-0: Casey Stoney (2), Ashlee Hincks, Eniola Aluko, Amanda Barr, Karen Hills.
4 March 2007, League: Home, Won 8-0: Danielle Murphy (2), Ashlee Hincks (2), Eniola Aluko, Natasha Dowie, Jo Potter, Harpa Porsteindottir.
8 April 2007, League: Away, Won 2-1: Eniola Aluko, Casey Stoney.