Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:44PM GMT, Thursday, 07 February 2013
Bill Long is hoping for a reaction from the Charlton women’s team when they face Leeds United in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup quarter final at Throstle Nest on Sunday.
Caretaker manager Long was disappointed with his side’s performance against underdogs Oxford United in the FA Cup last weekend.
After taking an early lead via Jenny Newman, the Addicks allowed the South West Combination leaders to score two goals in the second half and see the game out for a memorable 2-1 win.
Despite the loss, Long has backed his players, some of whom were 16 or 17-year-olds making just their third first team appearance, to bounce straight back.
He said: “It was a very disappointing performance on the day. It would have been a good competition to go on a run in but it’s just one of those things.
“The young players need to learn from the experience and hopefully we will not have too many more like that in the future.
“I’m looking for a major reaction against Leeds. It give the girls the perfect opportunity to put right the Oxford result but it is going to be a tough game.”
Long revealed he will be without last season’s player of the year Sinead Boyer, who also missed the Oxford game, but hopes goalscorer Newman will be fit enough.
After an impressive first half on Sunday, Newman was substituted at half time and will undergo a fitness test on Thursday.
“The injuries are clearing up,” he added. “Sinead will be missing, which is a blow but hopefully Jenny will be OK and pass a fitness test at training.”
The game is a repeat of last season’s quarter final, which was the final match of Charlton’s campaign as they crashed to a 5-2 defeat at Bayilss Avenue.
The Whites currently sit third in the Premier League National, eight points ahead of the Addicks, and won the corresponding league tie 3-2 early in the season.