Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 4:18PM UTC, Thursday, 01 September 2011
The Charlton Women’s team travel to face Reading on Sunday ‘owing a performance’ after suffering their first loss of the season against Coventry last weekend.
Technical Director Paul Mortimer was disappointed with the manner of the loss and has called on his side to bounce back immediately.
Having seen an Ellie Stenning chance go begging after just two minutes of play, the Addicks switched off temporarily to allow Maz Gauntlett to latch onto a quick throw and score the only goal of the game 15 minutes in.
After the game, Mortimer reflected: “I said to the girls, ‘it is all well and good getting the slaps on the backs last week but what keeps good teams good is that they don’t lose games like we did today in the manner we lost it’.
“If they had rasped one in from 25 yards, you hold your hands up, but to say that was self-inflicted is an understatement and that is what hurts the most.
“I was pleased with their effort and application but in spells we weren’t quite sharp enough when we needed to be but onto the next one.”
Reading are one of the more familiar sides in this division Charlton, having played them thrice over the last two years.
The Addicks tend to look at last season’s FA Cup Fourth Round victory over the Royals as a turning point in their title-winning campaign. However, Mortimer has stressed the importance of not letting that result turn into complacency ahead of this league tie.
“We should have forgotten about that game anyway because it will have no significance at all on what happens on Sunday because the two teams are different,” he added.
“The stakes are different – it is not a cup game – we just have to get on with playing. We are coming off the back of a defeat we have to get on and play.
“If I didn’t think we could bounce back I would be worried, but I’m not. Some of the girls didn’t play well against Coventry. We carried a few too many passengers and no team can afford to do that.
“That happens sometimes but I certainly do not expect it to happen this weekend. The girls need to make sure they are ready because they owe a performance next week and I have no doubts they will give it.”
Reading Women v Charlton Athletic Women
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Barlows Park, Silchester Road, Tadley, RG26 3PX
When: Sunday 4 September
Kick off: 1400
Reading (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 3rd
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: 1st Round (Lost 2-1 to West Ham United)
FA Women’s Cup: 4th Round (Lost 5-4 on penalties to Charlton Athletic after a 2-2 draw)
25 October 2009, League: Home, Lost 0-2.
28 November 2010, League: Away, Drew 1-1: Kristina Manktelow.
27 February 2011, FA Cup: Away, Drew 2-2 (Charlton won 5-4 on penalties): Jenny Newman, Francesca Ali.