Sam - Lets keep building
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:35AM GMT, Thursday, 13 February 2014
As the Charlton women’s team booked their place in their second successive London FA Women’s Cup final, the 2-0 semi final win over Tottenham was a big win for one of the goalscorers.
"It just took a couple of cheeky headers from me and Kitty [Graham] to put us through.”
Striker Sam Pittuck opened the scoring on Sunday with a header just 22 minutes from time – a goal that helped sink her former club.
A summer signing from Spurs, a team she captained for the three years prior including lifting the London Cup two seasons ago, the No.9 was pleased to have gotten on the scoresheet.
But she was happier to have helped her side into the final, where they will defend the title they won last year, but praised her former team mates for making it tough for the Addicks.
She said: “I won’t say it didn’t feel good – it was nice to score. I think they had more clear-cut chances that we did; they just haven’t been able to finish anything.
“But I know their forwards and I know they’ve got it in their locker and we’ve probably just come away from the first half lucky that they hadn’t put a couple of goals in.
“I know a lot of their players and give them a lot of credit for Sunday because they made it difficult for us and it just took a couple of cheeky headers from me and Kitty [Graham] to put us through.”
The win, sealed by Graham’s header with 10 minutes remaining, takes Charlton to three wins in a row since before Christmas.
Coupled with an impressive friendly performance midweek against FA Women’s Super League side Millwall Lionesses, Pittuck hopes the run can continue, starting with an FA Cup clash against Sheffield FC.
“[It was] brilliant, especially after the start we have had. I’ve played in this final before with Spurs and won it and it’s a great feeling.
“The fact that Charlton are holders already, it was nice to get back in the final and have the chance to defend it.
“We just need to keep building on that, now that we have the confidence back and the work rate back, we just need to keep building and going forward and taking that into the next game then into the next game.
“There’s no point looking two, three or four games down the road, we just need to take each game as it comes.”