Weston targets win in Wales
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:07AM UTC, Friday, 14 November 2014
Stuart Weston has targeted the Charlton womenís teamís game against Cardiff City on Sunday as a must win if his side is to stay in contention for the FA Womenís Premier League South title.
The Addicks make the long trip to Wales to face one of their fellow high-fliers, but are coming off the back of a 5-1 away loss to current league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.
And Cardiff will represent a tough test for Charlton, whose road match against Plymouth Argyle last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The Seagulls currently sit atop the FAWPL South on 25 points, with Cardiff and Portsmouth on 22 and Charlton a single point off that on 21.
Weston spoke about the importance of beating the teams at the top, saying: “We need to be winning against the teams that are up there with us, we’re all really close on points.
“Us and Brighton have basically taken the points off each other now and we don’t have to play them again this season.
“There are still some difficult games to come: we’ve got to play Portsmouth and we have to play Cardiff twice still, and as we’ve seen games against Tottenham and West Ham are never easy.
“So you’ve got to go and play well and you’ve got to win those games against the teams in and around you.”
The scoreline in Lancing did not represent the flow of the game, with Brighton taking a first half lead through Fliss Gibbons into the interval.
With the clash pretty close, Charlton had a few chances to equalise early on in the second period, with Kit Graham’s effort cleared off the line and Sam Pittuck seeing a penalty saved.
Three goals in quick succession followed before Pittuck’s consolation, but a late Brighton strike sealed the deal for the Sussex side.
Weston was disappointed with the scoreline but happy with the effort of his girls and hopes they can bounce back, with the signing of Gillingham’s Nikita Whinnet sure to boost them.
I don’t think the scoreline represented the game as a whole. I don’t think we came out as well as we can play in the first half and we said that at half time.
“We came out in the second half and I think the girls’ reaction was excellent and it was all us for that first 15-20 minutes until we missed the penalty,” he added.
“We had three or four really good chances in that period and on another day they go in and all of a sudden they’re on the back foot. Unfortunately, when we were on the front foot, they’ve hit us on the break.
“Hopefully we can put this behind us and spring back from it because they were all disappointed with the result. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”