Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:34PM BST, Tuesday, 02 April 2013
Kit Graham was pleased with how the Charlton women’s team went about their business during their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
After winning the London FA Women’s Senior Cup final on Thursday it would have been easy for the girls to rest on their laurels coming into this FA Women’s Premier League clash.
However, despite being visibly tired, they dug in and claimed the three points that moves them just one point behind the Villains, as well as Cardiff City.
It was Graham’s excellent goal that won the game for her side and landed the 17-year-old the PHSC plc Player of the Match award.
After the match, she said: “I think everyone was buzzing for [the game], after the cup final. We had to dig in and score and we knew we had to win it for the points.
“I think everyone was tired but we knew we were on a good streak and it was just about keeping our heads.
“The girls did that well and we played well as a team even though you could see people getting tired towards the end.
“We needed those points to help us climb the table and if we keep playing like that until the end of the season we will have no problem being in the top four or five.
The breakthrough came just a minute before half time when Graham did well to keep the ball in play on the left wing.
She surged forward before looking up and, seeing Charlton players in the area and the goalkeeper off her line, drilled a high cross in.
The ball veered goalwards and, with keeper Natalie Courtney well out of position, flew over her and nestled into the top corner of the net.
Despite the audacity of the effort, Kit admitted it was not intended but was happy to help the Addicks to come away with maximum points.
She said: “It was a cross, I’m not going to take too much credit but a goal is a goal and it was good to get on the scoresheet and, more importantly, get the three points.
“If we just keep putting the performances in and getting the results we will be OK. We’re definitely aiming to be nearer the top end of the table than the bottom.”