Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:49PM UTC, Saturday, 14 April 2012
Paul Mortimer believes the Charlton Women’s team’s 5-2 loss at home to Leeds United in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup quarter final last Sunday was “embarrassing”.
The Addicks have performed well this season but found themselves four goals down inside the first half an hour last weekend as they crashed out of the competition.
With Leeds lying in second place in the league Charlton were the underdogs, and they played like it in what was a repeat of their FA Cup elimination against Blackburn Rovers.
Both sides went into the interval of the FA Cup game at 0-0 but, within ten minutes of the restart the game was over as Blackburn were 4-0 up.
After the Leeds match, Mortimer said: “Leeds had beat us twice already so it was a game where the girls could relax. I said to them, ‘there is no pressure on you at all. Just go and play and enjoy yourselves’.
“To be 4-0 down after 30 minutes was not only disappointing, it was frankly quite embarrassing because it is twice that has happened – the last time it was 4-0 down in 10 minutes.
“We have to show more fight than that. We have to show more guts and courage. It should hurt. They shouldn’t want to be conceding goals the way we have been.”
Unusually for Mortimer, he was almost lost for words when mentioned the goals were, mainly, of his own side’s making – as has been the case throughout the season.
The first goal came after some dangerous passing at the edge of the Addicks area while the fifth started with a Charlton corner and ended with Leah Galton out jumping and brushing Charley Clifford aside and finishing one-on-one with Megen Lynch.
And Mortimer admitted he was not even sure his own team’s opener was a goal, with Megan Chandler’s shot seemingly cleared off the line by a defender but the linesman flagged to give Charlton a possible way back into the game.
He added: “We concede so many poor goals, too many individual errors, which tells me players aren’t concentrated and focused enough.
“Every time we were in and around their box they were throwing their bodies in the way and blocking everything. I’m not sure our goal went in, I thought they blocked that. We don’t do that – too many of us watch.”
“Leeds had the desire, they really wanted to win the game and we didn’t. That is disappointing because the cup is about your desire.
“In the league you get another chance next week but in the cup you get one chance so you have got to get it right on the day and you have to show the desire to win and, when it has come to the crunch this season, we haven’t which is something we have to work on.”