Kim - Pompey, new game, new team
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:09PM GMT, Friday, 25 November 2016
The Charlton women’s team are expecting a different proposition when they entertain Portsmouth Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The Addicks were triumphant when the two sides met three weeks ago, overturning a one-goal half-time deficit to win 4-2 in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
However, Pompey are likely to have a much-changed side tomorrow as their loanees from Brighton & Hove Albion return to their parent club and the Hampshire side have been busy bringing in reinforcements of their own.
With Portsmouth well off the pace, Charlton are flying high in third, just two points behind joint leaders Cardiff and Tottenham and skipper Kim Dixson, although expecting a tough battle, hopes her side can continue their good run of form and keep the pressure on those around them.
She said: “Some of the Brighton players will have gone back so [Portsmouth] will be different, but we know what they’re about.
“It will be tough but if we perform we’ll be able to beat them. That’s the same with a lot of teams – if we play well, we don’t really have to worry about the other team. We just have to concentrate on ourselves at the moment.
“It will be good to get another three points. We’re playing catch-up [in the league]; we can’t slip up any more, but what we’ve got to do is win our games and then if someone does slip up, we’re there to come in.
“At the moment we’re in a good position, we would have taken that at the start of the season. We’ve still got to play everyone in that top four so we’ll just keep going.”
Charlton come into the match in red-hot form under new manager Paul McDonagh, having won seven and drawn one in the eight matches he has been in charge.
9-0 and 5-0 cup wins over Godalming Town and Denham United respectively have booked their places in the semi finals of the Ryman and Capital Women’s Cups and they have an FAWPL Cup quarter final clash with West Brom just two weeks away, with an FA Cup trip to Selhurst Park sandwiched in between.
Confidence is high, then, says Dixson, pointing to the three clean sheets on the bounce as the big positive the team have taken from recent performances because ‘we normally win five, six-nil and concede a goal’.
On the cups, she added: “You want to get to the final in every single competition; our main aims are the league cup and the league.
“FA Cup, we’ve got a hard draw against Palace at Selhurst Park which will be difficult but we’ll up our game again. We’ve got a lot of good cup games coming up before Christmas so it will be interesting to see what happens.”