Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:40PM BST, Friday, 19 April 2013
Bill Long was delighted with the Charlton women’s team after they ended Sunderland’s 18-month unbeaten Premier League run with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
However, the Addicks’ caretaker manager wants his side to take the momentum from the victory into their clash with basement side Barnet at Underhill this Sunday - KO 2pm.
A Gemma Shepherd brace, including a last minute penalty, stalled the Black Cats’ title chase and moved Charlton above Cardiff into sixth place in the FA Women’s Premier League National Division.
And, after a disappointing defeat to Coventry a fortnight ago, Long was happy with the win but pointed out there are still four “cup finals” remaining.
He said: “It was a very hard battle. Sunderland are a fantastic side, probably the best side we have played all year and just to battle and nick a 2-1 win was fantastic for us.
“I didn’t see this one coming. Obviously you want to win every game but if you had asked me at the beginning of the week I would probably have been happy with a draw.
“Every single player that took to the pitch should feel really proud of themselves and be proud of their performance.
“We’ve gone up a place in the league and if we win next week we are on a roll and hopefully that roll can continue to the end of the season and see where it takes us.
“We’ve got to get a result [against Barnet], there’s no two ways about it – every game from here to the end of the season is a cup final for us so we need to be winning every game or making a really good effort to.”
The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw when they met the Bees at Bayliss Avenue – the visitors’ goal was their first away goal of the campaign.
And, with their opponents not having won a match all season, Charlton will travel to north London confident they can continue to make headway into the top half of the FA Women’s Premier League National Division.