Sam spurred on by Keynsham result
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:00PM UTC, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Sam Pittuck has warned opposing teams not to come to Sporting Club Thamesmead and expect to beat the Charlton women’s team, ahead of a run of three home games on consecutive Sundays.
The Addicks host bottom of the table Chesham United this weekend (2pm), hoping to take momentum from their 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Keynsham Town.
And, after defeat to Gillingham in their previous home match, Pittuck, who scored twice in the West Country, hopes the experience of losing to their local rivals will spur them on to maintain good form in Thamesmead.
She said: “Losing to Gills at home was awful – we don’t want that to happen again.
“Home performances are probably key to any team’s season so we want to make it so that no one comes here and wins at all.
“The Gills game should be our incentive to say ‘if anyone comes here they are going to get tortured'. Hopefully no one’s going to come here and win again.”
Newly-promoted Chesham have found the going tough in their maiden FA Women’s Premier League campaign, conceding 21 goals and losing five games out of five so far.
However, Charlton are taking one game at a time after being “maybe too confident” in previous matches, Pittuck says, and they will not become complacent.
“I’m not underestimating Chesham at all,” added the striker. “I know they’ve not had the best start this season but you shouldn’t underestimate any team.
“You can’t look at the fact they haven’t got a point. You approach each game as a new game. Every game is a cup final for me, so you go out and put 125% in.
“I always approach it the same way – you go out to win, you don’t go out to lose regardless of who they are, they could be Arsenal or they could be Hackney Borough.
“We will give them respect but hopefully we can take [last] Sunday’s performance and build on it and even perform better because we can still improve – it wasn’t perfect on Sunday.”
Converting chances has been a problem for the Addicks in their opening four games, having created a plethora of opportunities but scored only six goals, whilst conceding eight.
Indeed, Pittuck’s opening of the scoring against Keynsham was the team’s first goal in the first half of a league game this term – their first three games of the season were goalless at half time.
So it was a rare luxury, after a morale-boosting 11-0 friendly win over London Bees Development, for Charlton to go into the interval at the AJN Stadium two goals to the good.
And, with news that Gemma Shepherd will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, that goal-scoring burden will have to be shouldered by someone else.
As centre forward, Sam was pleased to see others getting on the scoresheet, Jenny Newman also bagged a brace against Keynsham, to take the pressure off of her.
“When you go in at 0-0 you do feel a bit of pressure when you come back out again but when you go in with a one or two goal cushion it does make you relax a hell of a lot.
“You can just play and that you have that cushion, you can just secure it so it’s nice to score in the first half.
“I don’t care if I score or not, as long as the team wins I have no problems not scoring all season as long as we get three points every game.
“It is great to see other people scoring, especially if we can get them in from the midfield as well. Especially with Sheps out, I feel a little more pressure now she’s not there, so it is nice when the midfield chip in.”