Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Mishra taking one game at a time
Mishra taking one game at a time
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:07PM GMT, Friday, 05 January 2018
The Charlton women’s team has a massive six months ahead of them, as they look to build on a strong start to the season, according to head coach Riteesh Mishra.
The women’s team ended 2017 top of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South and in pole position to secure a spot in the FAWPL Championship Play Off. However, Mishra says his side need to take things day-by-day, starting with an SSE Women’s FA Cup trip to Felixstowe to face Ipswich Town on Sunday.

The clash against the FAWPL South East side will be Charlton’s first in five weeks, after the cold snap interrupted plans before the Christmas break. And Mishra says his side is raring to go and attempt to win a place in the draw for the fourth round, alongside FA Women’s Super League teams.

“The girls look fit, fresh and ready to go now,” he said. “We’ve not had much of a break because we’ve had a fair amount of training. But it’s good to now have a fixture to plan, prepare and look forward too. 

“We are excited, and I personally am pleased we have a tough away fixture to challenge us as a squad as Ipswich are going well this season.

“We have refreshed over the period of no fixtures, and the squad looks hungry. We have a big six months ahead of us, but our focus as a club is to improve day by day, as players and staff. That is our focus.”

Looking ahead to Sunday, Charlton will be heavy favourites, with Ipswich currently mid-table in the division below. However, the Suffolk side have lost just twice this term and the gaffer is keen his players don’t get complacent.

“Experience this season proves there is no room for complacency,” he added. “If we don’t approach the game in the right way, we will be letting ourselves down. I can’t see that happening though.

“The look in the eyes of the players, and work they are putting in consistently, especially over the past few months gives me the confidence that the players will be at it. If we aren’t then we know Ipswich can cause any team problems.

“For us to play a Super League side can only come in to our thinking once we are in the hat. We have a job to complete this weekend - we need to get over the line on Sunday first and that is our priority. Should we get through, we can then look forward to an exciting draw.”

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