Jenny looking forward to playing at the AmEx
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:21PM UTC, Saturday, 05 December 2015
The Charlton women’s team are hoping to spoil the party on Sunday when they travel to the south coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium (3pm).
“We believe we are one of the best teams in the league and we should be where we are and we should be striving to stay there for the rest of the season.”
A day after the pair’s men’s teams have done battle on the turf, the first ever women’s football match at the ground will take place – and it is a top of the table clash.
Charlton currently sit on top of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South, on goal difference from the Seagulls with a game in hand. Cardiff City sit a further two points behind in third.
And, despite what will be a big occasion for their opponents at the weekend, striker Jenny Newman believes it will also be a big game for her side – but no bigger than any of their seven other remaining games this term.
Newman, who is in line to make her 98th appearance for the Addicks, also played down the potential ‘nerves’ factor for Brighton, being at home in front of a potential bumper crowd.
“The level we are now, things like that won’t really come into it,” she said.
“At the end of the day it’s a big game for both of us and we’re not going to look at where we’re playing and the people around us – it’s the 22 players on the pitch battling for them three points, that’s what it’s going to come down to.
“We’re only halfway through the season, we’ve got a long way to go so, even though it’s a big game, every game’s a big game for us because we’re looking to win every game.
“We’re not going to let [the occasion] affect us. Even though it’s at their ground, we still need to do our job.
“It’s always nice the occasion playing at a big stadium like that but we know once we’re on that pitch, none of that matters – we’re going to be taking it as any other game.
“Even if it was at a park, we still need to do the job. We’ll enjoy the nice facilities after, I’m sure, but we’re 100% focused on our job.”
Charlton have put themselves in a great position, with just over half the season left, sitting top of the pile. And December has the potential to be a defining month in their season with home ties against third-placed Cardiff and fourth-placed Coventry United to come before Christmas.
And, with that in mind, Newman knows there is still a lot of work to be done before her side, who are currently on a seven-match winning run, can begin to thinking about achieving their ultimate goal of winning the league.
She added: “We’re looking really strong and we’ve really gelled well as a team and our results are reflecting that. We’re in a great position so we’re going to keep striving for our goal.
“We’re a team that’s able to [put together a good run of form] and there’s no reason why we can’t keep doing that for the rest of the season.
“Every part of our team is as strong as the next, our goals are coming from all over the place, [we’ve got a] strong defence; we just need to keep doing what we know we can do.
“But the pressure is always going to be on us; we’re not going to ever look to rely on other results, every week we want to win and go out there and be the best.