Hills "I think the togetherness is outstanding"

Karen Hills

 Karen Hills has praised the ‘togetherness’ of her squad after coming from behind to rescue a draw against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night. 

A second-half Freda Ayisi goal made sure the long trip up to Lancashire wasn’t in vail as the Addicks closed the gap at the top to just nine points with six games to play. 

She said: “It’s a really hard place to come, it’s been six-and-a-half hours on a coach to get up here and playing on a pitch that isn’t the best. 

“Going one nil down we had to work really hard to come back but I’m so proud of the girls. I thought the second half performance was something that I wanted to see. They came out with so much character, so much heart and so much desire to fight for each other. 

“I thought the finish was fantastic and every time we went forward we looked dangerous and we were a threat. 

“If we play with that much heart and character over the next two months I will be really pleased because I think the togetherness is outstanding.”

Hills remains hopeful of a successful end of the season and believes she has a squad that deserves the third-place position they currently hold in the Women’s Championship. 

“It is a missed opportunity that we couldn’t get the three points but we are sitting third in the table and we have suffered some really harsh injuries this season to some key players and I think that hasn’t helped the situation. 

“But I can’t be more proud of the group that goes in week in and week out – training and working hard for each other. 

“If I’m honest we deserve to be where we are. We are a good side, and we have some quality players and fantastic individuals but overall as a team we fight to the death and you see that in games like tonight.” 

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The Addicks boss is also eager to make use of her whole squad as the season nears completion with games coming thick and fast as well as two important games next month against fellow title challengers London City Lionesses and Bristol City. 

“A lot of their work will be done away from the training ground over the next couple of weeks,” said Hills. 

“We have a squad of players that we are able to utilise and I trust in every single one of them. 

“We are looking forward to the next game which is coming this Sunday against Sunderland.” 

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