Megen - Work rate will be crucial
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:06AM BST, Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Megen Lynch has echoed the sentiments of striker Sam Pittuck, that the Charlton women’s team must not be complacent when they take on Queens Park Rangers in Sunday’s London FA Capital Cup final.
The Addicks face QPR at Imber Court - KO 5.30pm, looking to retain the London Cup title, that they won last season by beating Arsenal reserves 2-1 after extra time.
And, after two weeks with vastly contrasting fortunes, against the same side – a 4-1 away loss to Brighton and Hove Albion, followed by 2-1 home win – goalkeeper Lynch hopes the right Charlton side turns up.
She said: “Just the contrast between last week and this week’s game was ridiculous.
“The girls worked so hard for each other this week, whereas last week there was none of that so really proud and over the moon.
“What Charlton team is going to turn up [this Sunday]?
“Is it going to be the hard-working team that we know we are, or is it going to be the not-so-hard-working, let’s relax because they’re a league below us kind of team?
“If we put that same performance out that we did on Sunday, I think we will win it, but it’s up to the girls and all about if they train hard during the week.”
Despite Rangers playing in the South-East Combination, one level below Charlton, their team is filled with experience and quality.
Victory for the Rs in their final league game will see them playing at the same level as the Addicks next term, so will prove tough opponents in the showpiece.
Lynch has played against most of their players, with a number having played for Barnet ladies previously, and knows her side will not be in for an easy ride.
“Their team is really good – I think they could beat anyone in our league,” the stopper added.
“A lot of them are ex-Barnet so they have that quality and have a good chance of beating us and if some of the girls don’t realise that, we will get beaten.
“It’s a one-off game and QPR have nothing to lose so if we don’t step up, we’re going to be the team that’s embarrassed.
“This time we are big favourites and the pressure will either melt people, or they will say, ‘yeah, I’m responsible, I can take the pressure and I’ll step up to the plate and win the game for us’.”