Weston looking for a cup win
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:07PM UTC, Friday, 08 November 2013
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s team can take momentum from two improved performances into their FA Women’s League Cup campaign.
The Addicks host Portsmouth at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday (2pm) in their first of two group stage matches, the second coming away to Lewes next weekend.
And, despite the disappointment of Cardiff snatching a last-minute draw last time out, Weston felt his side were almost back to their best in that 3-3 draw.
The only thing missing now, he admits, is a good first half
He said: “I think in the first half we were OK but a bit lacklustre and it seems to be something we can budge, that it takes a while to get going in games.
“When you see the second half [against Cardiff], you want to get back out and play again and maybe that’s why, because we have had a couple of games postponed, we were a bit slow in the first half.
“But the girls picked themselves up so you want the games to come thick and fast now so you can keep that momentum going and hopefully get a performance through the whole game, rather than half of it.”
Charlton currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League Southern Division – a reasonable start for some but not by the Addicks’ high standards.
The cup, then, is a chance for them to get their season back on track – and a great chance to lift some silverware.
“The League Cup is winnable,” Weston added, “but we have Lewes in that, who beat us in the league already, but their form has dipped recently, and Portsmouth will be tough.
“We have to take the positives out of that performance and there were plenty of them. I think we can beat any team if we can give the spirit we did in the second half.”
The two improved performances mentioned at the top of this preview were the Cardiff match and two week previous against Coventry, which ended in a 1-0 loss.
Despite those two clashes yielding just one point, performances are going upwards and, while joking he should give them the ‘hair-dryer treatment’ before the game as well as at half time, Weston praised his young side.
“We had a few words at half time and the team came out a different side and we took that game to Cardiff, going from 2-1 down to 3-2 ahead.
“Maybe a bit of naivety crept in and instead of seeing the game out we tried to get another goal but when you have young players that’s going to happen.
“But I am over them moon about the second half performance. We played really well and had some great chances.
“Having said that, Megen Lynch made some great stops and kept us in the game three or four times with some great saves – equally, so did their goalkeeper, we hit their bar, they hit ours.
“On the whole, for the neutral it was probably a good game with lots of chances. It was a physical game, but a fairly physical game.”