Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:48PM UTC, Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Jordan Butler believes the Charlton Women’s team’s 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest was a statement of intent and that they are now determined to build on the result.
The diminutive centre-back impressed on her competitive debut for the Addicks and was named as the first Player of the Match of the season.
“I think it sends out a big message to the rest of the league,” the 19-year-old said of the result that puts Charlton top of the fledgling Premier League National Division table.
“If we had won 2-1 or drawn it would have been a good result but 4-1, people will look at that and be scared of us because it shows we have a really brilliant side here.
“I think everyone will be surprised to see us win. Forest finished second in the league last year so it was always going to be a hard game but I think we did really well as a team.
“We were definitely the underdogs going into the game and I think we played really well and showed what we have to offer this season.”
Although pleased to have won the Player of the Match award, Jordan was keen to point out that it was a team performance and was happy with the way the back four, comprising her, Toni Alden, Sinead Boyer and Becky Duggan, gelled.
“It was definitely a team effort,” she added, “but it was great to get the first Player of the Match award of the season.
“It is nice to get some recognition for the effort we put in. Obviously it is a team game but usually it is the goalscorers that get the accolades but the back four did really well.
“I think it was the first 90 minutes the four of us had played together so it was a good start to the season and hopefully now we can build on it and try not to concede next time.”
Next up the Addicks travel to face Coventry City, another newly-promoted side, and Butler admitted the squad are looking to test themselves further on Sunday.
“It will be a good game. They are a new side and have probably recruited new players like we have so it will be good to see what they have to offer. It will also be nice to compare us with the other teams that have come up and to see how far ahead we are in terms of possibly pushing on to win the league.”