Paul reflects on Coventry reverse
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:26PM UTC, Monday, 29 August 2011
Paul Mortimer was not too downbeat on Sunday, despite the Charlton Women’s team suffering their first defeat of the season against Coventry City.
The Addicks went down to a single goal when a lapse of concentration let striker Maz Gauntlett slam home after the hosts had taken a quick throw in.
But Mortimer was happy with his side’s effort and application, if not their lack of quality in the final third.
“I am not too disappointed,” the Technical Director said. “I didn’t expect us to win every game, we were going to get beat some time and there is no harm in it being now.
“It should have been a ‘0-0, how didn’t we win that?’ [kind of game] because, in all honesty, until we chased the game, they weren’t in it.
“For me it was more self-inflicted than anything else. With the best will in the world, Coventry weren’t a great side and we are going to play against tougher opposition this season.
“We just didn’t perform like we know we can. Having said that we had enough chances to win the game; you can’t miss the type of chances we did in the first 10 minutes and expect to win games.”
The most gilt-edged chance the Addicks had came after just two minutes when winger Ellie Stenning picked out the one covering Sky Blues defender from just five yards out and the ball was deflected wide.
Mortimer, though, was full of praise for his back-line, with makeshift right-back Charley Clifford and Player of the Match Toni Alden impressing alongside centre-backs Sinead Boyer and Becky Duggan.
“The back four were brilliant but they didn’t have enough in front of them defensively in my opinion. I thought Sinead and Becky saved us on a few occasions when we were chasing the game,” he added.
“I can’t fault the girls' desire and work rate because we had to force the game in the end and that takes a lot of energy. I felt for them a little because they did work hard but it is a harsh lesson to learn.
“I was probably angry for less than a minute. Can’t be angry at them because they worked so hard and they deserved at least a draw but life is tough and me saying it doesn’t make it so. They have to go out there are prove it.”
The Addicks' cause was not assisted by what some felt to be a questionable refereeing display but Mortimer, although unhappy, did not blame the defeat on that.
“I had to tell the girls, ‘let it go, we are going to get nothing’ and didn’t want it to be a contributing factor. The ref's performance wasn’t why we lost, it was down to us but a side issue is how aggrieved we felt at a whole series of decisions that went against us.”