Sam warns against Cup complacency
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:21PM BST, Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Sam Pittuck is hoping to lift the London FA Women’s Capital Cup for a second time this weekend – but has warned her team mates not to underestimate opponents Queens Park Rangers.
The Charlton women’s team travel to Imber Court, Molesley, KT8 0BT, on Sunday (kick off 17:30), where they will attempt to retain the London Cup against QPR.
Although not a part of the Addicks side that defeated Arsenal 2-1 to win the trophy last season, Pittuck captained Tottenham Hotspur to the title the year before.
Now the striker hopes her new side can take confidence from their 2-1 FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South win over Brighton on Sunday into the game and lift some silverware.
However, despite Rangers being a division below Charlton, Pittuck knows they possess quality and experience, warning her side against complacency.
She said: “I won [the London Cup] with Spurs two years ago and it was nice to lift the cup, especially as captain. I’d like to experience that again, I would like to experience it with these girls as well.
“QPR are quite a strong team, I know most of their players and have played with or against most of them. We can’t underestimate them, they’ve got some ex-FAWPL players in there, some people that have played at the top, top level.
“We just need to play our game, don’t lower ourselves to their level, just play the way we play and hopefully we will get the result. If we play like we did on Sunday, maybe with an extra 5%, we should come away with a win.
“It’s important, getting a cup on board - it will be something to show for this season because it has not been a great season for us in the league so the cup will make it a bit better.
Pittuck was given the PHSC plc Player of the Match award against Brighton, a game that was won thanks to goals either side of half time from top scorer Kit Graham and defender Rosie Paye.
The performance banished memories of a “terrible” performance on the south coast a fortnight ago, when the Seagulls ran out 4-1 winners.
Manager Stuart Weston made three changes, emphasising the need for all players to up their game if they want to be selected for the cup final, something Pittuck believes the girls did.
“Last week was majorly disappointing,” she added, “so it was good to come out and put in a performance.
“The team changed and I think the changes were justified and worked and definitely made the game completely different from last week.
“Everyone knew that Sunday was the day to start rectifying last week’s performance and impress the gaffer and gel for next week. I think a few players did that so that was good.”