Hills ahead of Bristol City trip

Karen Hills

Head Coach Karen Hills offers her thoughts ahead of the Addick's penultimate game of the 2022/23 campaign against Bristol City: 

“It’s going to be quite an interesting one from their point of view,” said Hills. “They could actually win the league before we even kick a ball. So I guess the pressure is on them. There’s no pressure on us.

“If the game prior to [ours] goes the way that they don’t want it to then they have to beat us,” she added. “So it’s going to be an exciting game and we’re looking forward to it.”

“Bristol is a good side and they deserve to be where they are, but at the same time we are going there to maximise what we want to do until the end of the season, and that’s to try and win both games.”

Charlton head into Sunday's proceedings off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Durham at The Valley: 

“I was really pleased with the result,” said Hills. “It was another victory at The Valley. Three out of three so that’s been really positive for us this season.

“We needed to try and get that result and thankfully for us, putting on the performance that we did, I think we thoroughly deserved the win. Back to winning ways, and it sets us up for the last two weeks of the season.

There was even more positive news in camp this week as defender Hannah Godfrey returned to the grass for the first time seven months after sustaining an ACL rupture against Birmingham City in September 2022. 

“I’m really pleased for her,” said the manager. “She’s worked really hard behind the scenes to get where she’s got to. Now it’s just the next leg of her rehab and that’s starting with her being on the pitch.”

Ahead of the penultimate game of the season, the boss also reflected on what has been a good season for her side.

“We are making fantastic progress as a club on and off the pitch,” she said. “I think the performances and where we are in the league have shown the progression from last year, and that’s all I ask for. If we can finish the season as strong as we did last season and get the six points, then we’ve got a lot more points than last year, and scored more goals, in a tougher league.

“Obviously we want to continue to build on that going into next season. The plans are already in place, and I’m really excited to be able to lead the team next season to do even better,” Hills added. “Ultimately I think we’re in a really good place after what is the second season of full-time football for Charlton Women." 

(Article by Jamie Barton)

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