Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:57PM BST, Monday, 26 March 2012
Paul Mortimer was pleased with the Charlton womenís teamís 2-0 victory over Gillingham last weekend in the Premier League Cup, despite not playing their best.
Goals from Kit Graham and Fliss Gibbons secured a second win over the Gills in a month and a place in the quarter finals, where the Addicks will host Leeds United on Easter Sunday - KO 2pm.
After the game, Mortimer said: “Cup games are about winning, and we won. We won ugly, we were nowhere near our best but it was quite comfortable in the end.
“We did make hard work of it early on but if we can play not at our best and still win comfortably I have got to be happy.
“Winning is about scoring goals and not conceding and we did that. We have goals in us in abundance. We didn’t quite show that today but what we did show is that determination not to get beat.”
With Cori Daniels already sidelined with a broken bone in her foot, Jordan Butler was taken off after half an hour meaning midfielder Charley Clifford was brought back into defence to partner Harley Bennett.
And the England under 19 international impressed in an unfamiliar role, ending the day with the PHSC plc Player of the Match award.
Mortimer praised her performance but also hopes Jordan and Cori will be back in time to play a part in his side’s League Cup campaign.
“It’s nothing short of what I expect from Charley,” he added. “She has the capabilities to play anywhere and play well – if she believes in herself. If she has got more belief in herself, she is a top, top player.
“It is just that one facet, I think she doubts herself too much and I just want her to go out and play because if she does that we have a top player on our hands, no doubt.
“We missed Jordan, though. She has been one of our best players this season. Hopefully her injury is nothing more than a strain. Cori has been fantastic and we miss her as well. She is a huge influence on the pitch, in the dressing room – just to have around.”