Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:29PM GMT, Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Megan Chandler admitted the Charlton women’s team had a reality check after a “terrible” performance in their 1-1 draw with Barnet Ladies at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
After the game, newly-converted right-back Chandler was named PHSC plc Player of the Match for the second week running and also picked up the Player of the Month award for February.
However, she revealed it did not make up for what was a disappointing result against a team that had taken just three points from a possible 33 this season.
She said: “It was a reality check. We could take some positives from the first half but there were none to take from the second half, I don’t think.
“What we had in the first half was people wanted to win and go for the ball and get the ball down and play. In the second half that just went – myself as well, I did it.
“You can’t do that, we should be winning those games. We didn’t create anything really, it was just one of those where you got the ball, kicked it and hoped, rather than get the ball down and play.
“The second half was hard out there but that was because we made it hard for ourselves.”
A central midfielder by trade, Megan’s first game at full-back came against Leeds in the League Cup at the start of the month, due to an injury to Sinead Boyer.
And she revealed she has been revelling in her new position, after an impressive performance in the 4-0 London Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur gained her a first Player of the Month accolade.
“I’ve been enjoying it so much,” she added, “it’s just nice to be playing. Obviously when we’re winning it’s nice to play with a smile on our faces.
“Barnet was a shame – I thought we had it in us to win and score loads of goals but it hasn’t worked out like that.
“But overall, as a month, I can’t fault it. I just enjoy playing and playing well and the team playing well. We have the ability to go far, we just have to work harder - that’s all it is.”
The aforementioned Leeds game was Charlton’s second 3-2 loss to the west Yorkshire side this season, despite a good performance that saw them leading 2-0 after an hour of play.
The Addicks make the long journey up north once again and Megan believes they can come away with a more favourable result if they believe in themselves more.
“We can do [beat Leeds]; I have no doubt in my mind. We just have to prove that this week was a one-off blip, forget about it and move forward. Take the Spurs take and the Leeds game before and go at them.
“Last season against Spurs was terrible and we believed this season that it was our time and we won and we’re in the final. Today I don’t think we believed we could win.
“Second half I think people thought we had it wrapped up in the bag and it was going to be easy but, reality check, it wasn’t easy and we were lucky to scrape a draw.”