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McDonagh looking forward to R's match this Sunday
McDonagh looking forward to R's match this Sunday
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:55PM GMT, Thursday, 10 November 2016
Paul MaDonagh has been delighted with the start the Charlton women’s team have made to his reign, as his side prepares to face bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday – ko 2pm.
Quote by: Paul McDonagh“We’re going to set up in every game like it’s an FA Cup final; treat everyone with respect but look to win.”Quote by: Paul McDonagh
Paul McDonagh
The Addicks are unbeaten in five matches under their new first team manager, continuing their fine run of form with a 4-2 win over Portsmouth to progress into the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup quarter finals, where they will face West Bromwich Albion on 11 December.

And McDonagh says he ‘can’t speak any more highly of the players’ and how they have taken to an early season change of manager. “Their attitude has been great,” he added. “Obviously a lot of them knew me from previous times but they’ve really responded well to what we’ve been doing in training.

“I’m delighted with how it’s going so far. We were itching to get back on the pitch [against Portsmouth, after a three-week break from action] and get things going against because I’ve been quite pleased with how we’ve started so we wanted to roll back on from where we are and get back to where we were.”

He has, however, cautioned against complacency when QPR, who have picked up just one point from their first eight matches this season, come to south-east London.

In such a tight league, there is every chance of an upset and McDonagh will be keen to avert such a situation, so will approach the clash with professionalism.

“I just don’t see any game as an easy test anymore,” he continued. “I think we’d be really naïve as a group of players and management team to take any game lightly.”

“We will be setting out to win, we will be setting out professional and looking to do as best we can and take no prisoners.

“We’re going to set up in every game like it’s an FA Cup final; treat everyone with respect but look to win.”

Having not seen his side kick a ball competitively in three weeks, McDonagh took the opportunity to have a ‘mini pre-season’ and work on a few things, as he hasn’t had the chance since replacing Jeremy Parsons last month.

He explained: “It gave me the opportunity to work on a couple of things from the video analysis in terms of how we’re playing.

“What’s really been good is we’ve had the chance to work with the strength and conditioning team to implement a proper strength training programme individually tailored to each player and their specific position.

“We’ve finalised all the testing for that and the theory behind that is to make the players stronger muscle-wise, strength-wise, so they pick up less injuries and are physically stronger on the pitch.”

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