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Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:51PM GMT, Thursday, 24 February 2011
Paul Mortimer has warned he may have to change things around for the Charlton Womenís teamís trip to Reading in the FA Cup fourth round this Sunday.
Report by David Brenchley
It was a game Technical Director Mortimer felt his side were favourites to win but they were defeated by two first half goals from Kirsty Linnet and Lauren Bruton, despite a better second period.
Mortimer said: “We just didn’t compete in the first half. We weren’t in it and it wasn’t good enough and there were some severely harsh words said at half time.
“They came out and played better [in the second half] but you can’t give a team like that a two goal head-start and expect to be successful.
“Individually and collectively we weren’t good enough in the first half; we didn’t compete, we stood off them and we didn’t protect Megen [Lynch] in goal enough.”
Mortimer is keen for his side to rise to the challenge when they face higher opposition, like he knows they are capable of, and has confirmed there may be some changes in personnel for the clash against National Division side Reading. The Royals, who won promotion from the Southern Division last season, are enjoying a good season and are currently in 2nd position.
“It is going to be another test, one I am looking forward to,” he added. “We should be [able to win] but it depends on what Charlton turns up.
“There should be a response. When you play as poorly as we did in the first half you have to respond because that just wasn’t good enough.
“It may be time to change the team up a little bit, maybe some girls have become a little too settled and it may be time for some people to take a rest.”
There were some positives to come from the loss, though, including the performances of Francesca Ali, making her debut from the bench, as well as Fliss Gibbons and Kim Dixson.
“I must say some of the girls played really well. I though Fliss was absolutely brilliant and she has just got better and better as the season has gone on.
“Kim was consistent in her performance as she always is and Fran came on and made more tackles than a lot of the girls who played 90 minutes.”
The Addicks came away from Barnet with a few knocks but Mortimer expects his players to have recovered by Sunday, although Ellie Bailes (knee) is likely to be sidelined again after missing the Gunners clash.