Royals visit on Sunday
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:39PM UTC, Friday, 04 November 2011
Paul Mortimer expects the Charlton Women’s team to “come out fighting” when they entertain Reading at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday - KO 2pm.
Technical director Mortimer was unhappy with his side’s loss to Coventry last weekend and admitted they had gone “back to the drawing board” at training this week.
Goals from Jade Formaston and Courteney Sweetman-Kirk either side of the break gave Sky Blues the three points. Now Mortimer sees the game against the Royals as “a chance to bounce back”.
He said: “They have to go out and show what they are about but if Reading come and are physical, will they have the bottle to stand up? That, for me, is the question.
“It’s not about the football, our football is good enough. It is about how much guts they have to fight. It’s about the ugly side of the game – the bit that everyone thinks they can do but some don’t seem to want to do.
“It’s time to actually go and produce consistent performances, not two great performances and a poor one which is what we are doing at the moment.”
The Addicks were missing two key players on Sunday, goalkeeper Megen Lynch and centre-half Jordan Butler, and even though their deputies, Sarah Smith and Cori Daniels, were two of the better players on the day, Mortimer rued the injuries.
He added: “We missed Jordan hugely, although Cori played very well. We missed Jordan’s tenacity and her cool head. In midfield we just weren’t good enough. We weren’t as effective as we can be.
“I said it was going to be what we were like without the ball and it was because we gave it away so often. We had a few home truths in the dressing room.
“I think they needed to hear things that we had been speaking about over the weeks but clearly players have been ignoring what I have been asking them to do and that just isn’t acceptable.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Reading Women
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 6 November
Kick off: 1400
Reading (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 3rd
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 1st Round (Lost 2-1 to West Ham United)
FA Women’s Cup: 4th Round (Lost 5-4 on penalties to Charlton Athletic after a 2-2 draw)
25 October 2009, League: Home, Lost 0-2.
28 November 2010, League: Away, Drew 1-1: Kristina Manktelow.
27 February 2011, FA Cup: Away, Drew 2-2 (Charlton won 5-4 on penalties): Jenny Newman, Francesca Ali.
4 September 2011, League: Away, Won 5-3: Fliss Gibbons, Gemma Bryan, Kim Dixson, Jenny Newman (2).