Gemma warns of complacency
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:09PM BST, Friday, 10 October 2014
Gemma Shepherd hopes the Charlton women’s team can maintain the level of performance seen in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion for the rest of the season.
The Addicks brushed aside the FA Women’s Premier League South (FAWPL) leaders at Sporting Club Thamesmead, with goals from Shepherd, Kit Graham (2) and Amy Howlett.
And Shepherd believes the performance and work rate put in was the main positive, rather than the result, and hopes there is more to come from her and her team mates.
The striker’s comments come in the build up to Charlton’s FAWPL Cup first round match away to lower league side Norton and Stockton Ancients this weekend.
Shepherd said: “We’re obviously delighted with the win but I think it was more the performance: having a bit of intelligence on them and utilising our tactical nous.
“The intensity we played with, particularly in the opening 15-20 minutes, really caught them cold and that was nice to see because a lot of teams have done that to us recently.
“I think that sort of performance has been coming – it was just one of those where everything came to fruition and it was just a good feeling. Now it’s all about trying to maintain that kind of performance.
“It’s easier said than done, but if we can approach playing a team a division below the way we did against Brighton, I think that’s the key to us being successful this season and there’s really no excuses because we know we can do it.”
Although Norton sit just one league below Charlton – the forward is at pains to point out a victory is far from a foregone conclusion.
The Addicks have been described by many as “free scoring”, having netted 32 from their seven league games plus eight in two cup matches so far.
Despite that, the six-goal striker has urged there to be no complacency on Sunday, remembering an FA Cup game two seasons ago that did not go the way it was supposed to.
“I was involved in the game when we played Oxford,” she added, “and I know how that felt when we were going into it knowing we were the team in the league above and they completely and utterly blew us away because they wanted it more.
“I will remind the people that were involved in that game and I’m sure others have been involved in cup upsets and we don’t want that to happen because we’re fighting on a few fronts this season for silverware.”