Speaking after Charlton Women's 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers last Sunday, Rachel Newborough shared her thoughts on grabbing a hard fought win, the difference in the squad this season and looked ahead to their game against Liverpool after the international break.
Speaking on the victory, the Addicks' first league victory since May 2019, Newborough expressed the sides delight to get all three points.
"It’s a completely different story to last season where we felt that we played teams off the park and didn’t get anything.
"Today, we probably didn’t play at our best hands up, but we went and got the three points. That [shows] the belief we have. The new players that have come in and everyone has that belief that when we’re scrapping at the end of the game we’re going to go and win it.
"I think everyone on the pitch believes that so we’re all absolutely buzzing to get the three points.
When asked what she believed spurred them on to clinch the win, the Northern Ireland international explained that it might have been just pure frustration built up from the previous campaign.
"I think it was the frustration built up from last year feeling that we deserved more. We had games in hand when we were shut off early [due to COVID-19] so we had all these pent up feelings that we were good enough to go and win those games. So, I think it’s that determination. It’s just the belief and a shift in the mindset."
Newborough also praised Jess King, who scored the winner to make it two goals in as many games for her since joining Charlton.
"I think it was the key ingredient that we were missing last year, an out and out number nine who scores goals. So, it’s fantastic for her and I’m so proud of her. To get two goals in two games as a striker, what a start that is."
The Addicks make the trip to face newly relegated Liverpool on Sunday and Newborough insists that despite their reputation, the side isn't phased.
"It’s another away trip which means more time together as a team, that helps massively. They’re a big club and a big name but we’re not scared of that and we’re excited to see what we can go and do against a better team like that."