Weston looking for a Cup winning performance
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:40PM GMT, Saturday, 08 February 2014
Stuart Weston hopes the Charlton women’s team can replicate their performance against Millwall when they face Tottenham in the Capital Cup semi-final at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday evening - ko 5.45pm
Having played just once since the turn of the year, the Addicks arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly against their south east London rivals, and were unlucky not to come away with the victory.
The match ended 1-1, with Charlton skipper Jenny Newman opening the scoring before striker Sam Pittuck had a goal controversially disallowed. Millwall struck the equaliser with just five minutes to play.
It was a disciplined and impressive performance from Charlton against a FA Women’s Super League 2 side, and one that pleased manager Weston.
He said: “I came away from that game, bearing in mind they are a Super League club, thinking actually we are better than them, and not just by a little bit.
“I know they have only just started their campaign, which is why they want friendlies, but I just expected a bit more from them.
“Having said that, I think we played so well, maybe we negated everything they tried to do. It’s how we set up – we were looking at a different way of playing, a different formation.
“Obviously we know Sinead Boyer is a very good player and there were times there when she was looking to play forward and there was just nothing on for her and a number of times she had to go back to her goalkeeper.
“We set out to nullify them playing through us and a lot of the time they were reduced to long balls or long-range shots and with a keeper like Megen Lynch, she’ll deal with them all day.
“I went home feeling extremely proud of the performance of the girls and I just hope that continues now for the second half of the season and we can show people what we really are about.”
Now Charlton face fellow FA Women's Premier League club Tottenham in a hastily arranged Capital Cup tie after our FA Cup & Tottenhams League games fell to the weather on Saturday morning.
Weston acknowledges it will be far from an easy game but hopes his charges can rise to the occasion and book a place in the final.
“We drew 2-2 at their place in the league earlier this season so I’m not expecting them to come here and us to have an easy time of it. It’s going to be a hard game but we are the current London Cup holders and our girls don't want to give that cup up”