Kim looking for more cup success
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:33PM UTC, Friday, 27 February 2015
Kim Dixson expects a close tie when the Charlton women’s team face Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup quarter final at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Sunday.
The sides have met twice already in the FAWPL South, with the Addicks coming out on top at home (4-1) but the Seagulls taking the spoils in Sussex (5-1).
It will, then, be a fascinating test for both sides, with the winners set to host either Cardiff City or Coventry City in the semi finals.
Coming into the match off the back of a tight 1-0 victory over Enfield Town to reach the Capital Cup final, Charlton have a 100% record in 2015, with five wins out of five in competitive matches.
But club captain Dixson acknowledges that this will be their toughest cash of the year so far.
“The Enfield game was a bit of the unknown; Brighton, everyone knows what they’re going to do, how they’re going to play,” she said.
“They’re going to try to play football and they’re going to try to break us down. We know that and it’ll be a good test. To go away to them, we need to put in a good performance. I’d love to knock them out.
“Both games against Brighton have been complete opposites: we dominated the first one and were quite comfortable in the end then the scoreline looks like they dominated the second one, quite comfortable for them. So you can’t really say which way it’s going to go.
“Both teams can score goals so when one team’s having an off day and a lapse in defence, you’ll score goals. I think it was pretty much that in both games.
“Second game we missed a penalty at 1-0, that probably would have changed the game completely so it’s just those fine moments in football that change a game. It will probably be a 0-0 on Sunday!”
The Enfield win saw Charlton advance into their second cup final of the season: they will face West Ham United on Wednesday 6 May at Harrow Borough in the Capital Cup and Tottenham Hotspur in the Ryman Cup, at Ware FC on Thurs 16th April.
It wasn’t, though, the Addicks’ most accomplished performance. All the stats favoured the visitors, with Charlton having 22 shots to Enfield’s one and 62% possession. However, they struggled to turn that dominance into goals, with Amy Howlett’s second half strike ultimately the difference.
Brighton manager James Marrs was present in North London last weekend and Dixson promised he will see a different Charlton team and performance this coming weekend.
“Conditions weren’t very nice and I think you could tell we were a bit rusty from the way we played first half,” she added. “Second half was a little bit better, a little bit quicker but conditions didn’t help us.
“Brighton’s manager was there on Sunday and I’m sure he wasn’t overly impressed with how we played so I’m quite glad really because it gives us nothing to lose and he doesn’t really know what we’re going to do because Sunday’s going to be completely different.”