Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:00PM BST, Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Kim Dixson was looking at the positives after the Charlton women’s team nicked a point in stoppage time against Manchester City at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
The Addicks went 2-0 up against the newly-promoted outfit before going behind 3-2 but Gemma Shepherd twice equalised in injury time to salvage a 4-4 draw.
Skipper Dixson feels disappointed their early advantage was not capitalised upon but is happy to be up and running with their first point of the season.
She said: “I think we nicked a point personally. We have got a point on the board now, that’s the way we have to look at it. We could have had three if we kept tight.
“We are extremely happy with the one point because at 3-2 down and 4-3 down we had no right to get back into the game.
“But to go 2-0 up and throw it away is disappointing. We showed good fighting spirit to come back from 3-2 and 4-3 down but we shouldn’t have been put in that situation in the first place.
“We didn’t play anywhere near our standard and we know that and we need to have a look at ourselves.”
There were plenty of reasons to be positive, with some good attacking performances from the likes of the returning Ellie Stenning, who netted the first goal and whose hard work made the second happen.
Elsewhere Courteney Gibson scored the second before crossing to assist the second equaliser and Gemma Shepherd won and converted a penalty for the first equaliser before being on hand to settle the clash.
“Ellie Stenning did well when she came on,” Kim added. “She holds the ball up very well. She hasn’t played for a while so for her to get a run out and a goal is great for her confidence.
“Gemma Shepherd was outstanding when she came into midfield with me and Harley. She worked hard and made me and Harley work a little bit harder as well.
“She took her goals well, I knew she would have the penalty straight away after she had won it, and the last goal was quality.
“Courteney set up the last goal and did well. She has been away on holiday for a while and we have missed a bit of pace out wide.
“It’s looking good going forward because we had a couple of quality performances but I think some people need to look at themselves and try and improve.”