Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Paul looking forward to Cardiff challenge
Paul looking forward to Cardiff challenge
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 8:07PM UTC, Friday, 22 April 2011
The Charlton Women’s team host Cardiff City at Bayliss Avenue (kick off 2pm) on Sunday knowing a win will secure them the Premier League Southern Division title.
Quote by: Paul Mortimer“I am so happy for them... so far. At the forefront of their mind they know it is not over yet. We still have work to do, we still have two hard games to play and we will look forward to them.” Quote by: Paul Mortimer
Paul Mortimer

Report by David Brenchley

The Addicks came back from a goal down to defeat local rivals Gillingham 3-1 on Wednesday evening to increase their lead at the top of the table to five points, thanks in part to Brighton’s 5-1 win over second placed Portsmouth.

Technical Dorector Paul Mortimer was pleased with the victory over the Gills but has stressed the importance of fully focussing on the Cardiff match, saying: “I am smiling again, I really am. “They were brilliant and we will enjoy it [Wednesday evening] but we are back to the grindstone for what is going to be a tough game because Cardiff are still there or thereabouts.

“They, like us, have finished the season strongly so it is game on and our minds will go to that because the girls and myself want to win every game.”

Charlton’s final four games all come in the space of nine days, which they are currently halfway through, and Mortimer also pointed out the need for the girls to keep themselves fresh and prepare properly.

“Over the next couple of days I will tell them to go for a little jog to loosen off their legs,” he added, “because they will be stiff and tired because of the culmination of the last two games.

“They don’t think so but by Friday their legs are going to be stiff so it is important they look after themselves properly. That is what I have preached to them because we don’t want to go into Sunday leggy.

“It is important the girls understand the importance of preparation. As soon as the game finishes you are preparing for the next match. Physically now, the warm down and everything is in preparation for Sunday.”

With the season rapidly coming to a close, the girls know that they are on the cusp of lifting the trophy and that can bring about a certain pressure which Mortimer feels should not affect them.

He continued: “They know what is at stake and it is a heck of a challenge for them, which is great. They are so close to [winning the title], can they perform under that kind of pressure?

“It is their own personal pressure, it is nothing I am putting on them – they want to win the title and they know if they win on Sunday they will have done that.

“Now it is my job to get them to recognise that it is just another game. It’s a big game but it another game. Don’t play the occasion, take care of Cardiff and then do what you have to do.”

Wiht the Addicks having notched up seven successive wins, and being unbeaten in 2011, Mortimer is delighted with their end of season form but has pointed out the hard work is not over just yet.

“The girls deserve to be top of the table. Luck hasn’t got us there, the girls have worked really hard and have shown such an improvement from the first quarter of the season.

“It doesn’t matter what type of team they come up against – gritty teams, ones that can play, quick girls – they have dealt with all of them in the last seven/eight games

“I am so happy for them... so far. At the forefront of their mind they know it is not over yet. We still have work to do, we still have two hard games to play and we will look forward to them.”

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