Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Long Looking For Leeds Response
Long Looking For Leeds Response
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:48PM GMT, Friday, 01 March 2013
Bill Long admits he may have to change the way the Charlton women’s team play while Gemma Bryan is injured, after a disappointing 1-1 draw against bottom side Barnet last weekend.

The Addicks travel to Leeds on Sunday with striker Bryan, who has hit 63 goals in 95 appearances for the Charlton in all competitions, injured and unable to lead the line.


After seeing his team create few goal-scoring opportunities at Bayliss Avenue against the Bees, caretaker manager Long will look to play in a different way in the future.


And he hopes his side can recapture the form – bar a couple of mistakes towards the end – they showed three weeks ago when they were unlucky to lose 3-2 in west Yorkshire in the League Cup.


He said: “We were probably missing Gemma's pace up top for that ball that goes beyond and she stretches the game for us.


“We need to look at that this week and maybe think of a different way of playing while she's out injured.


“We have to look at different things and that's my job this week, to have a look at things and see if we can change it around.


“The honest truth is, if we play against Leeds like we did against Barnet and Oxford, we're going to get beat because Leeds are a very, very good side, not taking anything away from Barnet.”


Having not played a Premier League game since the start of December, Charlton were looking to get their league campaign back underway with three points against a team that had not even scored a goal away from their Underhill home.


And after a towering header from winger Kit Graham, it looked as though that would be the case.


However, Chontelle Lawrence equalised just three minutes after the interval and the visitors, who were playing their first game under a new manager, would have won had Megen Lynch not saved a penalty late on.


Long was not impressed with two dropped points but tried to look at the draw, which saw his team move up one place into seventh, as a positive.


“It was a disappointing result, the only chick of light out of it is we got a point and didn’t drop all three,” he added.


“Disappointed in the performance but, at the end of the day, I suppose you have to take the positives and a point is positive.


“As you say, they have a new manager and they’ve come out and battled for everything, they’ve chased everything down and they’ve worked their socks off.


“In spells we didn’t match their endeavour and that’s probably why we didn’t get a win. The thing we're normally good at is endeavour and working hard. That was missing and we got the 1-1.”

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