Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
PHSC Player of the match Gemma Bryan
Gemma reflects on the Sunderland performance
Gemma reflects on the Sunderland performance
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:20PM BST, Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Gemma Bryan was pleased the Charlton Women’s team responded to a disappointing loss to Aston Villa the previous week with a draw against reigning Premier League champions Sunderland.
Technical Director Paul Mortimer had demanded a better performance after the 3-0 defeat to the Midlands side, and his side did just that.

Striker Bryan impressed and bagged a goal as well as PHSC plc’s Player of the Match award on her 50th league appearance for the Addicks.

She was ably supported by captain Kim Dixson, who opened the scoring, and it was Sunderland who twice had to come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw in the rainy North-East.

Bryan said: “Everyone was down after the Villa game so we just wanted to come out and give a good performance. It was a good response, the girls gave 110 per cent.

“I think it would have been a bit harsh if we had come away with three points because they worked hard as well and were good going forward so I think a draw was about right.”'

With scores level, ten minutes into the second period, midfielder Emma Beckett picked Bryan out with a superb long range pass and the forward finished expertly.

Speaking about the goal, her 29th in the Premier League for Charlton, she added: “It was OK I suppose but as long as the team gets the result we want, that is the main thing.

“That performance will give us a lot of confidence going into this weekend. If we can compete with Sunderland then there is no reason why we can’t be up there with them at the end of the season.”

The newly-promoted Addicks currently lie in fifth place and Bryan is happy with their performances so far, as they get accustomed to a higher standard.

“It is a new league so we are still finding our rhythm really. We have a lot of new players that have come in so they are still adapting to the way we play.

“It is a better quality [of opposition] and we still have a really young squad so it is a bit of a learning curve. As long as we learn something from every game we will be OK.”

Our thanks to Susan Gutteridge of Sunderland FC for supplying the photo.

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