Hornets at Home on Sunday
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:54PM BST, Thursday, 06 October 2011
Paul Mortimer has ruled out the chance of complacency creeping into the Charlton Women’s team as they prepare to face bottom of the table side Watford on Sunday.
The Hornets currently sit rock-bottom of the FA Women’s Premier League National Division and underwent a change of management this week.
However, after they gained their first point of the season last Sunday, technical director Mortimer will not be taking them lightly.
He said: “They drew 0-0 with Coventry, who beat us, so we will be taking that game very seriously.
“Maybe Coventry subconciously relaxed a little bit because of who they were playing – that is not going to happen with us.
“Our girls need to know we will be in a battle, it is going to be a good game, and the girls have to be able to play because if we don’t we will get beat, simple as that.”
The Addicks have not been in action since losing 2-0 to Leeds United almost a fortnight ago, after having their game against Cardiff City called off last weekend.
Mortimer feels the break has been good for his side, adding: “It has been ideal really. It came at a good time, we sat and discussed things, did a lot of listening and it has been quite interesting.
“Sometimes the girls have to learn a little bit more about each other – what they like, what they dislike and things like that – because that is part of team work too.”
Centre-back Jordan Butler was named as PHSC plc’s Player of the Month for September and Mortimer was full of praise for his new signing.
“She has been fantastic since she came in, she has played really well. I knew bits about her before, although I didn’t know much, but she is absolutely brilliant.
“She has that desire to win and it genuinely hurts her when we concede goals. If there is a criticism of us, we don’t have enough players like that.
“We need more Jordans. Even when things aren’t going well, top players have that desire not to get beaten and that is what she has.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Watford Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 9 October
Kick off: 1400
Watford (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 6th
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Knocked out in Group Stage
FA Women’s Cup: 5th Round (Lost 5-0 to Millwall Lionesses)
Manager: John Salomon
Captain: Cori Daniels
11 October 2007, League: Home, Lost 0-6.
15 November 2007, League: Away, Lost 0-4.