Kim setting her sights on a Valley Victory
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:50PM UTC, Thursday, 19 November 2015
The Charlton women’s team will be looking to put themselves in the best possible position for a tough December as they prepare to face Queens Park Rangers at The Valley.
The Addicks, who currently sit in third place in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South, are in an almost-perfect position at the halfway stage of their season.
But captain Kim Dixson has re-iterated the importance of beating Rangers, who defeated the then-unbeaten league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion three weeks ago despite being winless at the time.
Admission to the match is free for Charlton Athletic season ticket holders, with general admission priced at £4 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Assessing her side’s season so far, Dixson said: “The position we’re in, four points off top with two game in hand, we’ll have to be happy with it – we can’t not be.
“And I do think that we can play better and that’s massive for us. We’ve got all the big teams before Christmas so hopefully before Christmas we’ll be in an even better position than we’re in now.
“We just need to find our rhythm because I don’t think we’ve played consistently enough in games. But we’re in a great position and we haven’t played well – we’ll take that!”
And, on the QPR match more specifically, the experienced skipper is determined not to lose her 100 per cent record playing on the Valley turf against a tricky QPR side, who have now won two from their last three matches.
“We will have to be ready,” she added. “This will be my fourth game at the Valley and I haven’t lost yet so I don’t want to lose that.
It’s a bit game for us because we could kick on our season, get another win there. Last season, the Cardiff game [a 2-0 win at the Valley], made a big difference playing there and we got a big boost from that.
“We want to win the league this year, we’ve said that openly, but I don’t think we thought we could actually do it until people [around us] started dropping points.
“Now, if we go on a little run now we can actually do this and it’s getting everyone to believe it. It’s going into games like QPR being as up for it as we were for Portsmouth, Brighton – especially with it being at the Valley.
“We can’t go in complacent at all because they’re not the whipping boys in our league any more – they’ve picked up points, they’ve got their act together.”
The clash will also be an opportunity for Charlton to get a taste of playing in a large stadium, with a match against second-placed Brighton at the AmEx coming a fortnight later (Sunday 6 December, 3pm).
With the Seagulls hoping for a big crowd for that match, a game at the Valley with an equally big number of spectators would help the side, says Dixson.
“It will be good for us to play on the Valley pitch as well before we play at the AmEx, just to get used to a decent pitch and a big pitch and the sort of stadium venue, which will be a great occasion for everyone.
“I loved it last year – it’s good to play a competitive game there. We’ve played two friendlies before but it’s not the same.
“Last year was a semi final and we played really well, this time it’s a league game. It would be good to have a few fans there again and get a good win, that’s all we’re hoping for.
“It’s a London derby, it’s quite a good time on a Sunday, it’s got everything to have a good crowd, hopefully we can have a good crowd there.”