Full-back Corinne Henson reflects on the Addicks’ narrow 1-0 exit from the Vitality Women’s FA Cup as well as this Sunday’s league matchup against Southampton Women at The Valley.
The nineteen-year-old is looking to take the positives from the FA Cup run and claims she will be ‘tunnel visioned’ for the remainder of the season:
“I think performance-wise there are a lot of positives to take that we now are looking to lead with. Unfortunate to exit the FA Cup but our focus is the league now and at least we can be tunnel vision in one or two positive outcomes by the end of the season.”
Having joined the Addicks ranks last summer, Henson was brought in with a more attacking role in mind. However, she has evolved into more of a defensive-minded position shifting into the full-back role, a position that she has relished so far:
“I think in terms of coming in, I was sort of all over the pitch. For me now I have established my identity as a defender, stature wise and the attributes that I bring are more suited to a defensive role. I can see that with the consistency of the performances I have been putting in, I am enjoying it and can see progression throughout many years in that position.”
Karen Hills’ side will hope to return to winning ways this weekend as they host Southampton at The Valley. The visitors currently reside third in the Championship, four points ahead of the Addicks going into the clash.
The return fixture saw Charlton secure all three points on the road as the Addicks opened their 2022/23 account with a 2-0 win at the St. Mary’s Stadium back in August, despite the victory earlier in the season Henson is fully aware of the strengths and attributes that the Saints pose:
“They have grown massively going into the league this season, getting promoted, they have had massive games and we can see that now. They are going to pose a different challenge when we come up against them this weekend. That is like any time that we will come up against in this league, we have to focus on ourselves and get the job done at the end of the day.”
“It’s been a while since we played there, (at The Valley) we want to get as many fans out there as possible. Hopefully, put on a good show and most importantly get the three points.”
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