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Parsons - FA Cup Quarter-Final will be a great experience
Parsons - FA Cup Quarter-Final will be a great experience
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Page last updated at 3:18PM UTC, Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Jeremy Parsons hopes the Charlton women’s team’s participation in the FA Women’s Cup quarter finals will be a good learning curve for his side.
Quote by: Jeremy Parsons“Whatever the outcome of it, it will be a great day for the club and the girls. As long as we go and prepare and give our all, that’s all I can ask from the girls.”Quote by: Jeremy Parsons
Jeremy Parsons
A Kit Graham brace helped the Addicks overcome fellow FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Coventry City on Sunday and set up a sixth round clash against Bristol Academy or Everton, who play tonight.

It is the first time since 2006-2007 Charlton have progressed into the last eight, when they went on to lose 4-1 to Arsenal in the final at the City Ground. This year is the big one, though, as the showpiece will take place at Wembley on Saturday 1 August.

As the only remaining FAWPL representative in the competition, it will be an uphill battle to qualify for the semis, but caretaker manager Parsons wants his young team to learn from the experience.

“Obviously it’s good for the girls,” he said. “It’s been a while since Charlton have got this far in the FA Cup, but it’s going to get hard now!

“Those players in WSL 1 are doing it full time, they’re earning good money, but it will be a good test to see where we are and gauge what we need to do, what we need to add and see what goes on.

“Basically we’ve got to use it as a learning experience. It’s good for the girls to say they’ve played at that level and got that far and who knows, we could even go the next step.

“[Upsets] happen, that’s the FA Cup; that’s what everyone loves, it throws up surprises. You never know – two games away [from Wembley], who knows.

“Whatever the outcome of it, it will be a great day for the club and the girls. As long as we go and prepare and give our all, that’s all I can ask from the girls.”

Victory over the Sky Blues extended Charlton’s 14-match unbeaten run in competitive games; they have won every match they have played in 2015, including a 3-0 friendly win against WSL 2 side Oxford United.

Since taking interim charge a month ago, Parsons and coach Michael Paye have overseen impressive victories over Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City as well as Coventry, conceding just once.

On the Coventry win, Parsons added he was delighted with both his side’s clinical finishing and their reaction to being pegged back on the half-hour mark by Marie Gauntlett’s header.

“We did have a gameplan; it was mainly our wingers working different things. They did it, we got in at half time, a few things needed to be sorted, we sorted them and pushed on from there.

“The goal we conceded was from a set piece corner and it’s a free header in the box; you can’t always mark everyone but we were aware of the threat. We tried to deal with it but it’s one of those things.

“But it was the reaction after they scored which was good to see from the girls, the extra bit of digging deep to grind out the result so overall really pleased.

“It’s about taking your chances; when you get in front of the goal hit the target, at least make the goalie work, that’s the key.”

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