Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Kim - We need to believe
Kim - We need to believe
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:39PM GMT, Friday, 29 January 2016
Kim Dixson believes home advantage give the Charlton women’s team the edge in a game “we can’t lose”, as they prepare to host second placed Cardiff City in the FA Women’s Premier League South on Sunday.
Quote by: Kim Dixson“We’ve got a great opportunity on Sunday to put ourselves back in the frame massively for the league.Quote by: Kim Dixson
Kim Dixson
A win for the Addicks at Sporting Club Thamesmead will lift them above the Welsh side and close the gap on FAWPL leaders Brighton & Hove Albion to nine points. Both Charlton and Cardiff will still have three games in hand on the Seagulls.

And, with the league very tight at the top, Dixson believes that, whilst a draw “would not be the end of the world”, a third loss to Cardiff must be avoided at all costs in order to keep up with the sides around them.

Having already lost to their forthcoming opponents twice in Wales, once in the league and once in the League Cup, a better performance is needed.

Speaking after her side’s 9-0 Ryman Cup semi final win against Herne Bay, the Addicks’ captain said: “It’s a massive game. I think it helps being [in Thamesmead] because we’re a lot more confident when we’re here.

“I think we struggled when we went to Cardiff as the pitch didn’t suit us. We didn’t do ourselves justice, gave them sloppy goals.

“They’re a good team, they’re hard to break down but we’ve done it before so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.

“We’ve got a great opportunity on Sunday to put ourselves back in the frame massively for the league.

“We need to all believe that we can go and win on Sunday. Even a point won’t be the end of the world because people might still slip up – there’s a long way to go.”

Having not played an FAWPL match since 6 December, Charlton have begun 2016 with three thumping victories, 9-0 in the FA Cup against Plymouth; 5-0 against Fulham in the Capital Cup; and 9-0 against Herne Bay.

The latter set up a second successive Ryman Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur, to be played in April, and Dixson believes easing themselves back into competitive action will be beneficial.

“It’s been good getting some games under our belt after not playing since the beginning of December,” she added.

“I think you could tell we were a little bit rusty but Wednesday was a lot better with our passing and in front of goal as well.

“Last Sunday [against Fulham] we didn’t play very well; yeah we won 5-0 but I was quite disappointed with the whole performance.

“We worked on a lot of passing at training on Tuesday and I think it worked, judging by Wednesday.

“[Cardiff] will be a step up from the three games we have had previously but we know what they’re about and they know what we’re about so it will be a really good game.”

Entry to the match is free for Charlton Athletic and Thamesmead Town season ticket holders, with general admission priced, as always, at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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