Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Stuart Weston & Assistant Manager Jeremy Parsons
Weston - We want to bring that cup home again
Weston - We want to bring that cup home again
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:46AM UTC, Friday, 25 April 2014
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s team can carry on their winning momentum in the London FA Capital Cup final on Sunday, but is well aware of the threat Queens Park Rangers will pose to his side.
Quote by: Stuart Weston“We can’t be complacent because we’re in the Premier League, it doesn’t work like that; a cup final’s a cup final.Quote by: Stuart Weston
Stuart Weston
After two defeats in FA Women’s Premier League South games against Gillingham and Brighton, the Addicks bounced back to winning ways last weekend, beating the latter 2-1.

That victory erased memories of their 4-1 defeat at the Withdean Stadium the Sunday before, and gives them something to build on at Imber Court this weekend.

Weston said: “[After the 4-1 loss] we came into training the next week a little bit subdued because we were still hurting from that defeat.

“We worked really hard in our two training sessions that week, put some things right, made a few changes and the ones that came in did excellent.

“Overall a really good performance and when you look at the passing stats, we thoroughly deserved the win and it could have been more than 2-1.

“The fact that we’ve had that performance – the work rate, the fact that the girls worked hard for each other, good movement, good passing, the will to win – is good. It’s great to take that winning momentum through into the final.”

The manager emphasised that his players cannot afford to become complacent, despite their opponents currently playing one level below them, a view backed up by striker Sam Pittuck and goalkeeper Megen Lynch earlier this week.

Rangers are on the verge of lifting the South East Combination title and gaining promotion to the Premier League

“I know QPR have got a fair few decent players and they are a good side so we need to go there treating them like they are the best side we’ve played this year,” he added.

“We can’t be complacent because we’re in the Premier League, it doesn’t work like that; a cup final’s a cup final.

“You’ve only got to look at their results – the league isn’t much different from the one we play in now and they’ve had some really good results this year.

“The only other SE Combination team we’ve played this year is Milton Keynes in the FA Cup, we won that 3-0 but it wasn’t a walkover.

“QPR are going to be a different kettle of fish; they’re going to be strong, they’re going to come out at us and I don’t think they’re going to show us too much respect.”

Competition for places in the first team is hotting up now, with Weston able to make three changes to the side that lost on the south coast and still claim the three points.

One player that particularly impressed was winger Sophie Blowers, who was promoted from the development squad. Alice Singyard also came in at left back and played well, with the returning Katie Flack a boost. Elsewhere, midfielder Grace Coombs could make a comeback for the final, after a spell out injured.

Those options are pleasing for Weston, as he looks to select a team capable of retaining the Addicks’ London Cup trophy.

“[The players] are up for it now, they’re training hard and we have a squad now that they are playing for their places to be in the final this week so hopefully we get that reaction and we get the balance and the squad right and we get a result and retain the cup.

“Obviously we beat Arsenal reserves in the final last year, I wasn’t running the team then but I was there helping out and it was a great occasion and to come away winning it is a great feeling.

“We don’t want to go there and come away with a runners-up medal, we want to win it. We’re the holders, we’ve got great expectations to bring the cup home again with us.”

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