Parsons delighted with Brighton performance
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:42AM UTC, Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Jeremy Parsons was delighted with the way the Charlton women’s team executed his gameplan on Sunday, as they claimed at 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.
“We knew what we had to do against Brighton. They’re a good footballing side, but we had a gameplan and we’ve executed that gameplan.
Second half goals from Kit Graham and Rosie Paye downed the Seagulls at their plush new training ground and set up a 15 March date with Cardiff City in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup (FAWPL) semi final.
It was an impressive performance from the Addicks in strong, windy conditions, shutting down their opponents’ passing style from the source and pressuring their back three for 90 minutes.
After an even, goalless first half, where both sides had chances to take the lead, it was Charlton who seized the initiative after the interval. Playing with the wind for the second period, Graham struck a powerful, dipping 30-yarder that nestled into the corner of the hosts’ net.
Just 12 minutes later, their advantage was doubled when Paye headed home Charley Clifford’s corner from close range and the visitors managed to see the tie out fairly comfortably.
And, after the game, caretaker manager Parsons heaped praise on his charges for following the plan to a T, admitting he was “well pleased with the performance”.
“We knew what we had to do against Brighton” he added. “They’re a good footballing side, don’t get me wrong, but we had a gameplan, we’ve trained really hard in the week and we’ve executed that gameplan.
“We knew they were going to come at us at 100 miles per hour and it was just getting in the girls’ minds what to expect and to deal with it.
“It was about work rate, really, and keeping our line at the back, which was done really well. Credit to the girls – they performed spot on today.
“We also played some good football as well; we got the ball down on the floor, we competed and that’s what you have to do against good teams like Brighton.
“We spoke about [the conditions] at half time, being at this ground it’s quite windy, quite open. We did mention at half time about getting our shots off a bit early and luckily [Kit] took it on board and did it.”
Looking forward, the cup games keep coming for Charlton, with an FA Women’s Cup fourth round tie against Crystal Palace at Sporting Club Thamesmead to look forward to this weekend.
After that, it is back to the FAWPL Cup as they battle it out with Cardiff for the right to take on Sheffield FC, the current holders, in the final.
Then, should the Addicks overcome their south-east London rivals, the following week (22 March) will bring the fifth round of the FA Cup, with the likes of reigning champions Arsenal and FA Women’s Super League 1 winners Liverpool potentially awaiting.
On what the next couple of weeks will bring, Parsons said: “Cardiff’s another hard game. When we were up there recently we were 2-0 down at one point and drew 3-3. If we can just cut those errors out from that game then who knows.
“Playing Palace [who play in the division below] is obviously a different game.
“We got a bit of information on them. We were quite lucky that our reserves played their reserves but we believe they put quite a few first team players out so we know the key players in their formation and we build from there.
“We’ve got two training nights before that game and I hope we can keep the work rate up.
“Obviously [drawing a Super League team] would be a great test of where we are and how far we are away from that gap.
“It will be a good leveller if we can get a home tie against one of those teams – we’ll see what happens.”