£1 Admission for Easter Sunday Villa visit
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 5:08PM GMT, Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Bill Long hopes the Charlton women's team's London Cup final triumph over Arsenal reserves gives his side the confidence to roll back into their league season, starting on Easter Sunday with the visit of Aston Villa.
The Addicks defeated the Gunners after extra time to lift the London Cup trophy on Thursday but, after the euphoria dies down, caretaker manager Long will focus his players on their bread and butter, the Premier League.
The match takes place at Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead ko 2pm, with tickets free for Charlton Athletic season ticket holders and just £1 otherwise, with an Easter raffle also.
And Long hopes his side can send the fans home happy again and help his side climb the table between now and the end of the season.
He said: "We said at the beginning of the season [the London Cup] was the one trophy we earmarked for ourselves. We've done that and that's great.
"The thing I hope it does is give us some confidence and give the girls a big lift. They need a bit of a lift, we've had some sticky weeks, worked hard and I think it showed tonight.
"Hopefully we roll into Sunday's game against Villa and it gives us a bit of confidence. It's very important over the next few weeks that we win more than we lose. That's the thing for us now, we really have to focus on the league now.
"We have to beat the teams around us and that's a very critical thing for us. If we can do that we can maybe move ourselves to fourth or fifth in the table and that would be a good season."
On the cup victory, Long believes Charlton were worthy winners, with a number of impressive performances throughout his team.
Sinead Boyer, normally a right-back, impressed playing as the lone striker and was rewarded with the Player of the Match award.
And with a number of younger players and an average age of just 21 he was delighted for the players and happy that they were the better team.
"Arsenal are a good side but overall, throughout the whole of the game, we were the better side," he added.
"We created quite a few chances at times and on another day we probably would have won it a bit more comfortably but we'll take the 2-1 win and we go away smiling.
"For some of the players who have been here for a while, the likes of Kim and Megen, they deserve to pick a trophy up and the winners' medal.
"When you look at the team, there are three or four 16/17-year-olds in there and for them, in their first season, it's great to win a medal and you hope it gives them a bit of confidence and sees them through to the end of the season too."