McDonagh - we won't be taking Lewes lightly
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:02PM GMT, Saturday, 07 November 2015
The Charlton women’s team will not be taking Lewes lightly on Sunday, says first-team coach Paul McDonagh, as they look to keep the pressure on FA Women’s Premier League South leaders Cardiff City
Coming off the back of a 2-1 home victory against reigning champions Portsmouth, the Addicks are in an almost-perfect position at the halfway stage of the season, just one point behind their Welsh counterparts.
However, as predicted at the start of the season, the top of the league is tight, with Brighton only a point behind Charlton. Pompey and Coventry are further back but have one and two games in hand respectively.
And McDonagh has pointed out his side needs to give due respect to Lewes, who currently sit mid table in sixth, as there are no easy games in this league.
He said: “I’ve been down to watch Lewes a little bit. Like anyone in this league, they’re not just going to be there to be rolled over.
“We’re going to have to work hard, we’re going to have to look to play some good football – we’d like to see a good footballing response from us; maybe we’ve got a point to prove that we are better on the ball than the last game.
“We’re not going to take it lightly, we’re going to go straight in there and put the pressure on like we did against Forest Green [who they beat 6-0 a fortnight ago]. We’re not going to take any game lightly.”
The victory against Portsmouth was Charlton’s second already this season, having triumphed at Privett Park back in September.
A penalty from Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham winner came either side of an Ini Umotong strike and sent the Addicks into second, leapfrogging Brighton in the process.
And McDonagh hopes it will spur his players on to keep their challenge up until the very end.
“It puts out a statement that we’re here for the long haul, we’re here to put the pressure on, we’re not just going to fall away,” he added.
“The cup situation isn’t quite the same as last year so it gives us a bit of extra fresh legs. If you look now at the table, we’re the only team that’s lost once so that’s all going to be positive and teams should fear us to a certain extent.
“What we have been pleased with is the fitness and the work ethic – that whole side of things have been really good.
“But we want to make sure nothing stops going forward, we want to keep going, keep going, keep going. Just be the team that never stops and that is going to push everyone to the limit.”