Charlton Women took an early lead against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday but ended up losing the crucial home game 2-1 as the team's winless run continued.
The Addicks have drawn six of their 10 league games this season and have conceded goals and dropped points in the last 10 minutes of game with too much frequency for the liking of Manager Riteesh Mishra.
Speaking after the game he said: "I feel really, really gutted for the players mainly. It’s the most dominating first half performance I’ve seen for a long time, but we know the situation we’re in a, we needed to have the game done by then.
“If you analyse the first half of the performance, we should’ve gone in three or four nil up and that’s not just this game, that’s the last few games.
“I think teams recognise that they can score against us in the second half, it seems to be a common theme, we’re trying to figure out why and that’s the biggest thing. We didn’t kill the game in the first half again with the chances that we created and to be fair the performance was very good
“We need players to convert the chances and that’s the final thing and they [Blackburn Rovers] didn’t have any chances in the first half. I think all game they had three chances and they scored two of them and at this level that’s the difference we’re having about 18 or 19 chance, scoring one, they have three and score two so that’s the difference.”
Mishra also touched on Sunday's Women's FA Cup fourth round game with Chelsea and league games against title challengers Aston Villa and Sheffield United.
“I don’t think it’s ideal that we’re playing a team that level, but similarly when we played Arsenal earlier in the season, I think it was a big confidence booster for us.
“I think all we can do is approach the game by giving everything we can, being defensively strong and resilient and use it as a platform to try build some momentum and confidence for Aston Villa and Sheffield United who again are top two in our division so the games don’t come any easier at all in this league.
“I think the only way you can approach the Chelsea game is to be disciplined in your defensive shape and when you get the ball can you try and play and enjoy yourself and go a compete as much as you can and that’s what we’ll try and do."
Article by Ahmed Delshad
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