Ruby - We need to bounce back
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:26PM UTC, Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Ruby Southgate hopes the Charlton women’s team can immediately bounce back from their disappointing 4-1 loss to Brighton, when they host the south coast side at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The Addicks were well off the pace at the Withdean Stadium last weekend, going a goal down early on. Despite hitting back quickly, the hosts went on to put three more past Charlton.
It was a disappointing end to a tiring week for right back Southgate, who played in her third game in eight days and was on the losing end for all three.
Now she hopes the tide will turn and Charlton can get back to winning ways on this Easter weekend, saying: “I guess we’ve just got to collectively come together, we have Brighton again this week so hopefully we can recoup and come back stronger.
“We know how they play now, and what we have to do to get a better result so we can work to get around that.
“I think we played particularly poorly last weekend, it can’t get any worse. We can only get better and I think if we have a good game then the result will be there.”
Southgate was awarded PHSC plc Player of the Match for her performance in Sussex, the second match in a row she has gained that honour.
It was her second first-team award in a row, having been player of the match after the 3-1 loss to Gillingham also.
In between those two matches, the Essex-born defender also played a part in the reserves’ 3-0 Kent Cup final loss to Gills on the Thursday, so is forgiven for having mixed feelings over the awards.
“It should be a team effort really,” she added, “so I don’t think it’s a particularly deserved player of the match when we lose but it’s nice to get that recognition.
“Very pleased, though. Obviously it’s disappointing when we’re not getting the results to go with the performances but as long as I can keep playing well and we can start picking up some results again.”
Southgate joined the Addicks from West Ham United in September and, after impressing in a mid-season friendly against London Bees, was thrown straight into first-team action.
However, after just three FA Women’s Premier League games, she dropped into the reserves, seeing her place at full back taken by fellow new signing from the Hammers Leigh Houlihan.
After impressing for the second string and working on her game, Southgate was recalled by first team manager Stuart Weston as a half-time sub against former her former side in March and has been a regular since.
She said: “I had a few things I needed to work on so I dropped down to the reserves and worked on those.
“We were really unlucky not to go on and win the league. Hopefully I’ve brought that over and we can start to pick up some results in the first team.
“[The Kent Cup final] was very tough but I think the reserves gave a very good account of themselves, battled all the way to the end.
“Unfortunate with the result but there’s always next year. The reserves are a young team so it was a good experience for them and I think they dealt with it really well, just unlucky.”
After the Brighton home game, Southgate should line up for the first team in the London FA Capital Cup final against Queens Park Rangers – that will be one game she won’t want to lose.
“Hopefully we can make sure we win that one – I don’t really want to lose another cup final this year!”