Defender Beth Roe holds a special place for The Valley after her crucial goal against Southampton in March. As the Addicks prepare for Sunday’s return to SE7 in time for a vital clash with Sunderland, we spoke with Charlton’s no. 22 as her side look to keep hold of the Championship’s top spot.
“The Valley is the home of Charlton, so for us to be able to go there and play has always given us a boost. The fans make up a 12th player and to be able to have the support behind us making as much noise as possible will help create an atmosphere.”
Heading into the showdown, Charlton and Sunderland are tied on points as well as goal difference, stats demonstrating just how close Roe expects the game to be:
“This league is very competitive and it’s tight for a reason – every game you have to be at your best. All of our previous encounters with Sunderland have been close.
“They’re a very good team and a team that have an understanding of this league.”
As the Christmas break edges closer, Karen Hills and her team are looking to end the year in the strongest position possible – but Roe is clear that Charlton remain focused on each week as it comes:
“The competitiveness of the Championship has been growing over the last few years. Any team is capable of beating anyone, so for us every game is important. “You’re only as good as your last game so we’ve got to make sure we turn up from minute one on Sunday.
“We as a team don’t let ourselves get too far ahead in terms of goals and ambitions; our job is to focus on this weekend’s game.”