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Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:14PM UTC, Saturday, 29 March 2014
The Charlton women’s team will hope to continue their 100% league run in 2014 when they host Portsmouth at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday - KO 2pm.
The Addicks made it five wins out of five on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, moving them just three points off league leaders Cardiff City.
But, despite a win having the potential to put Charlton joint top of the league, manager Stuart Weston is making sure his players do not get carried away.
He said: “Five wins in a row has put us up there and closer to the people at the top but it’s still a long way to go.
“All we can do is look at each game and if we can get the points out of it then great and we will see where we end up at the end of the season.
“But at the moment none of us are getting carried away with being three points off the top because it only takes them all to win and us not and all of a sudden we are six points and so on and so on.
But we’re putting in the work – this week we beat Tottenham, who are a physical side with a couple of quick players who we had to deal with.
“They had a couple of chances, Megen made a couple of good saves but the important thing is the clean sheet, which we got and 1-0 was enough.”
One bright spot is that the side now has competition all over the pitch, epitomised by the PHSC Player of the Match performance from central midfielder Fran Tye.
The former West Ham United player stepped up from the reserves due to the unavailability of centre half Rosie Paye, meaning Grace Coombs dropped into defence and left a gap open.
And Tye took it with both hands, leading Weston to laud her performance, saying: “Fran obviously scored the goal that ended up winning the game but also her energy, her work rate, she got on the ball, she was all over the place.
“She worked really, really hard, I can’t remember her giving the ball away, she came in and embraced her time.
“She was in the first team but has spent some time in the reserves where I asked her to work on some things and she’s come back in, taken her chance and as I said to her, ‘don’t think that people are coming back that that’s them straight back in’, she’s earned the position and did an excellent job.”
As for their opponents tomorrow, Pompey are currently in fourth spot on goal difference – level on 27 points with both Charlton in fifth and Coventry in third place.
The sides have not played yet in the league but shared a 1-1 draw in what turned out to be a dead-rubber in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup group stage.
“They narrowly lost to Cardiff last weekend in a game that was very close and Cardiff came back to nick it at the end so they will be hurting and will want to right that,” Weston added.
“We’ve played them before this season in the cup and drew to a penalty that shouldn’t have been so we know we can score against them.
“We know it will be a tough game but when you’re playing in the Women’s Premier League most games are tough.”