Weston looking to build on good start
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:32PM UTC, Saturday, 31 August 2013
Stuart Weston was pleased with the chances the Charlton women’s team created during their 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday and hopes they will be able to become more clinical as the season wears on.
The Addicks travel to The Dripping Pan this Sunday to take on Lewes Ladies having opened their FA Women’s Premier League South campaign with a home win last weekend.
After going a goal down thanks to a Cherrelle Albert strike, Charlton’s reaction to that pleased Weston as they came back and won with goals from Kim Dixson and Emma Harrison.
He said: “From my point of view as manager, when they came out and scored, it was the way the girls reacted to that – their heads didn’t go down.
“It almost gave them the bit between their teeth and they went at them again. And it didn’t take us too long to equalise, with a great free kick from Kim, and then another great finish from Emma.
“It was fantastic to get three points to start the season - obviously we want to get that from every game.”
The manager acknowledges the game could have been so much easier, with a number of chances created in the first period but none taken.
However, Weston was delighted to see his charges work until the very end and get the three points, with an 85th minute winner.
“In the first half we were the stronger side and should have gone in three or four-nil up,” he added. “We made the chances but, unfortunately we just couldn’t convert them.
“In the first half we restricted them to long-range stuff so I went in at half time happy with what we were doing, it was just the finishing that wasn’t there.
“I think on other days they go in and you go into half time 4-0 up and you have to take the positives from that.
“Some of the best teams come away with three points having not played their best football and I think that shows a good team.
“Sometimes you just have to grind a result out and in the end that’s what we did.”
Looking forward, with that derby clash out of the way, Weston hopes things will get a bit more settled for his side and they can start to show why they are among the favourites for the title.
With the amount of chances the side can create, and with the likes of Jenny Newman returning to the fold, if the attackers can click and find their goal scoring boots quickly, the season will be successful.
“I felt last year we weren’t as dynamic going forward so the chances were a lot less and we made quite a lot of chances out there against West Ham.
“Also, we have the likes of Jenny Newman to come back so we have a good squad.
“This was a tough game for a lot of the girls, mentally and physically, and I think the next few games they will be able to relax a bit more.”