McDonagh looking for team to bounce back against Spurs
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:37AM UTC, Wednesday, 30 September 2015
The Charlton women’s team are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, as they prepare to host Tottenham Hotspur at Sporting Club Thamesmead tonight (1945).
The Addicks surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 3-1 against Cardiff City on Sunday, a performance that disappointed manager Jeremy Parsons and coach Paul McDonagh.
However, McDonagh admits, despite some poor individual performances, this is no time to panic – describing his side as “a work in progress”.
And he hopes the players can follow up their 2-1 away victory against Spurs two weeks ago with a triumph that would see them leapfrog the North Londoners into third place in the FA Women’s Premier League South table.
He said: “[It was] disappointing to lose but, realistically, disappointed with a few performances generally. I thought we could have given a better account of ourselves to be honest.
“Some players will definitely want to put in a much better shift against Cardiff [next Sunday in the FAWPL Cup], and certainly some players have got to put in a better shift against Spurs as well.
“We want to get things said as early as possible, little training session on Tuesday, not too heavy, set some things straight and the players will be looking to bounce back.
“We’ve got some work to do, we’ve got some conversations to be had about how good we want to be, but we’re not going to over-react; we’re going to keep the positives.
“Every game you play, whatever the result there’s some coaching to be done and some work to be done.
“I would say we’re still a team in progress, even though we’re doing really well. We want to keep getting better; that’s what we’re looking for.”
It has still been a good start to the campaign for Charlton, though, with an impressive victory over reigning champions Portsmouth following up wins against C&K Basildon, Tottenham and Plymouth.
Coupled with draws against Basildon and league leaders Brighton, the foundations have been built, with their title rivals yet to really be challenged against anyone but Charlton in the league.
Brighton and Portsmouth looking closely matched over 90 minutes in Sunday’s FAWPL Cup Preliminary Round, with Brighton advancing after extra time, will encourage also.
And McDonagh is still looking to take the positives, with league matches against West Ham United and Forest Green Rovers next up after Spurs.
“We’ve played Cardiff and Portsmouth and Spurs – most of the top five sides – so we’ve probably had one of the toughest starts,” he added.
“So actually, when you look back at it, there’s a lot of positives in there, a lot more than the negatives.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads right for what would be considered the lower-end teams and make sure that we get good results and work just as hard.”