Katie - We're clicking as a team now
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:50PM UTC, Thursday, 02 March 2017
Katie Bottom hailed the Charlton women’s team’s 6-0 victory over basement side Queens Park Rangers as ‘one of our best performances’, as they went top of the FA Women’s Premier League South
The women’s team now sit top of the league, albeit just one point ahead of the pursuing trio of Cardiff City, Tottenham Hotspur and Coventry United. To add to that, those three sides have more than one game in hand over the south east Londoners.
However, Bottom says being top of the pile gives her side ‘a psychological advantage’ and puts the pressure on the others – with plenty of top four clashes to come.
“We’re quietly going about our business and sneaking up there,” the central midfielder said after the QPR win.
“After Sunday we went top of the league and I don’t think many expected us to do that considering the form Tottenham and Cardiff have been in. Obviously that’s quite good for us and it puts the pressure back on the team below us now – they’ve got to make up some points to get above us.
“I think it’s a psychological advantage as well when you’re up there but we know we’ve got a few teams with games in hand and we know that if they win them they’ll go back above us.
“For us it’s just about keeping going one step at a time and try to keep putting the pressure on them. We can only go about winning our games and if we win them we’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”
The victory over QPR represents Charlton’s third win out of three in the league in 2017 – and sixth out of seven in all competitions in the current calendar year.
That run of form comes after an inauspicious debut for Bottom, the former West Ham United captain, who began her career in red and white with a heavy 4-1 loss at home to Cardiff City a week before Christmas.
Under two months later, though, her side travelled to Wales and reversed that with a 2-0 win that Bottom described as ‘huge’.
“For us it was a game to keep us in and around the Cardiffs and the Tottenhams and we know that if we can put in the performances against them then we’ve got a good chance in the league,” she added.
‘[QPR] was one of our better performance and I think we’re linking as a team quite a lot more and I think we’re getting there – just that final little click now and then I think we’ll start putting everything together.”