Sam looking to keep the pressure on
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:21PM GMT, Thursday, 29 October 2015
Sam Pittuck believes the Charlton women’s team’s home match against Portsmouth on Sunday is a “must win” if they are to keep the pressure on the teams at the top of the FA Women’s Premier League South.
The Addicks moved to within three points of the summit with a 6-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers, while league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion slipped up, losing 2-1 to basement side Queens Park Rangers.
And, with the Seagulls battling with second placed Cardiff City this coming weekend, a win for Charlton will move them up at least one place from their current third position, possibly two.
The forthcoming clash at Sporting Club Thamesmead, kicking off at 2pm, will be tough, though, as it comes against the current FAWPL South champions.
However, the reverse fixture in Hampshire saw Charlton run out 4-1 winners and the last time they faced in south-east London Charlton won 6-3, so a win is eminently attainable.
Pittuck said: “For me it’s a must win. With Brighton slipping up at the weekend, it’s all to play for now and it’s back in our hands.
“If we win on Sunday then anything’s possible really. But we’ll just focus on the game and hopefully take the three points.
“We played well [last game against Pompey] but I’m fully aware that they were missing players, important players.
“We can take confidence from that game but every game’s different – we could go into Sunday’s game and they could have a full strength side and we could still smash them, or we could get smashed.
“We’ve just got to go out there, play how we play and hopefully come away with the result. We’ll be confident going into the game; we won’t take anything for granted, but we’ll be confident.”
The Addicks’ goal from the beginning has been promotion to the FA Women’s Super League and a win would take them one step closer to that, with Charlton able to go top if Brighton and Cardiff draw.
However, with almost half the season gone, there is still a lot of football still to be played, including two tough matches against Coventry City and one each against the two sides above them.
And centre back Pittuck pointed out the importance of taking every game as it comes – and also not underestimating anyone in the division.
“In this league, everyone has the capability of beating everyone – Sunday proved that,” she added.
“You can’t jump ahead two, three games; you have to focus on this Sunday. That’s what we’re going to do this week, get this next week out the way and follow on from that.”