Megen looking to make Thamesmead a Fortress
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:52PM UTC, Thursday, 29 August 2013
Megen Lynch hopes the Charlton women’s team can make Sporting Club Thamesmead a fortress after they won their first game of the season there on Sunday.
Despite going behind early in the second half, the Addicks came back thanks to two stunning goals from captain Kim Dixson and Emma Harrison to beat West Ham United 2-1.
It could have been easier for the hosts, though, having seen themselves spurn a number of chances in the first period of the match.
But goalkeeper Lynch, who was playing in her 101st game for the side, was just delighted with the three points to kick off the new campaign.
She said: “The most important thing is we got the three points, especially on our home ground because we want to make it a fortress and teams won’t enjoy coming here.
“[Going into half time at 0-0] was very frustrating. We should have been maybe two goals up. We can’t just let teams come here and take points off us. To do that we need to start taking our chances.
“We did outplay West Ham and they showed passion and got ahead but our class showed in the end, just to put it away and get the 2-1. To come back from 1-0 down shows good character.”
Charlton will be confident of challenging at the top of the Premier League this year, having kept together the bulk of last season’s talented squad.
However, as Megen notes, their opponents will be keen to push them all the way and ensure their passage to winning the title is as difficult as possible.
“I think West Ham tried to prove a point to us that this league isn’t going to be a push over,” she said, “and when we came out I don’t think we performed very well.
“We should possibly have won by more goals but we ended up lowering our standard and it ended up becoming a scrappy game.”
You can hear the rest of the interview on the new Charlton Athletic women’s team show, airing on Meridian Radio at 6pm on Saturday 31 August, produced and presented by Charlton Live.