Flacky - All still to play for
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:50AM UTC, Thursday, 16 February 2017
Katie Flack hopes the Charlton women’s team can put together a strong end to the season and put pressure on the sides around them in the race for the FA Women’s Premier League South title.
On her 200 Appearances - “Really proud, just thanks to all my family who have supported me throughout the last 10 years at Charlton.
A 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Cardiff City in Wales put the Addicks right back in the hunt, but they are still a way off the rest of the top four, despite sitting in second place.
Charlton are currently two points behind league leaders Tottenham Hotspur and just a solitary point ahead of Coventry United and Cardiff below them; they have played twice more than all three of those sides, however.
But, with Spurs still to play twice, as well as an away clash against Coventry – plus with all three other teams still to play each other – Charlton are far from out of it.
And left back Flack, for whom the Cardiff victory marked her 200th appearance for the club in senior football, hopes there’s more to come from her team.
“Obviously we’ll take each game as it comes but hopefully if we can go on a winning run now, we’ve got to play Tottenham twice so it could happen.
“Cardiff haven’t lost all season; they’re a good side, especially at home so we knew we had to go out there, be on top of our game. I thought we did really well - we defended really well as a team; not so great going forward but when we defend so well as a team we know we’ll always create chances.”
Charlton had struggled somewhat defensively to begin the season and have conceded the same amount of goals as Spurs, Coventry and Cardiff put together – not helped by two heavy losses to the latter two of 5-1 and 4-1 respectively.
However, 2017 has started on the right note, with four clean sheets in five matches so far and Flack has hailed their recent defensive performances, which could hold the key to their future success considering the 2-0 SSE Women’s FA Cup loss to Sheffield FC was the first time this term they have failed to score in a game.
“We were disappointed with the result the last time we played [Cardiff two months ago], we didn’t play at all well but Riteesh has come in, got us playing the way he wants to play and I think all the girls have adapted well to that. We’re all working hard on and off the pitch so it’s going in the right direction.
“He’s been consistent with the back five, working with us quite a lot in training, which I think has helped. Keeping clean sheets means we will go unbeaten and we know with the players we’ve got we’ll score goals.”
On her latest milestone, which makes her the second player, after captain Kim Dixson, to reach the 200-game mark, she added: “Really proud, just thanks to all my family who have supported me throughout the last 10 years at Charlton.
“If it wasn’t for their support, taking me to training when I was younger I wouldn’t be where I am today so it’s all down to them really.”
When it was suggested that this season is her best up the other end of the pitch, she laughed and continued: “I’ve scored five this season so I am pleased with that but the most important things are the clean sheets and winning games. Hopefully we’ll go on a little run now and see where we end up at the end of the season.”