Weston looking forward to Seagulls encounter
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:52PM UTC, Thursday, 02 October 2014
Stuart Weston is looking forward to a “tough” encounter when the Charlton women’s team take on league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion at Sporting Club Thamesmead (2pm) on Sunday.
The Addicks go into the game coming off back-to-back victories against Keynsham Town (4-0) and Queens Park Rangers (4-1), with Brighton equally as convincing in their 5-1 rout of Gillingham.
The Seagulls came into the season as favourites for the title and Weston acknowledges they will be dangerous opposition and his side will have to be at their very best.
However, Charlton are currently the division’s top scorers, so the boss is confident his third-placed team are capable of victory and closing the gap to the top of the FA Women’s Premier League South.
He said: “These are the sort of games that we need to be up there and at our best to win. I have no doubt that if we go out there and we play our best we’re capable of it.
“Obviously we haven’t had time to train but a lot of what we did [against QPR] will take us into the Brighton game with confidence.
“But, equally, we’ve got to know that they’re top of the league so it’s going to be a different game from what we played on Thursday.
“No disrespect to QPR but we know how Brighton are going to set up, we know the way their manager likes to play and they will be decent, that’s why they are top of the league at the moment.”
Charlton had to come from a goal down on Thursday evening, after a Stacey Sowden goal had given QPR a three-minute lead. However, comeback they did, with three goals in next 25 minutes, one each from Emma Harrison, Stef Simmons and Kit Graham, taking the game away from Rangers. Graham then put the icing on the cake with a fourth in the second half, taking her tally to 14 goals from seven games this season.
Weston was delighted with his team’s performance and their reaction to going a goal down so early on in the encounter.
“I thought we kept the ball well, we had a lot of possession for long periods of time,” he added. “It was a good pitch so that suited us with the way we like to play.
“We made a lot of chances, scoring four of them and you’ve got to be pleased with another plus three on the goal difference and we have got back to the scoring ways in the last two games.
“In the Portsmouth game we made a load of chances but only managed to get one in the net but it looks like we’ve overcome that bit of a blip with eight goals in the last two games so hopefully we can take that into the Brighton game.
“I thought QPR, especially the first 20-25 minutes, made it difficult for us and were pressing well. But we kept our heads and moved the ball around and what was good was that when we did lose possession we wanted it back nice and quickly.”