Karen Hills praises resilience of squad

The club caught up with Charlton Women Manager Karen Hills following last night’s defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental Cup.

“Disappointing to lose a game, however I thought the girls worked so hard. I thought defensively we were unbelievable, there were lots of chances and I think we did really well to keep that score. At the same time, we know that we need to be better in possession, but when we were out of possession I thought we were excellent.

“I thought our shape was good, we frustrated a really, really good side and I’m really pleased with the performance. Towards the end we actually changed shape and could have actually nicked a goal. Overall, against a WSL side – a good performance, there’s lots of positives, but we know what we need to do better at.”

Tottenham Hotspur are the second WSL side the Addicks have faced within just a few weeks, following the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.

“Two WSL sides who are doing really, really well – they’re mid table and we’ve competed with them physically, we’ve kept up for 90 minutes and ultimately that’s what you want to do. We’re still in the early part of the season, to play those two teams gives us a real big benchmark in terms of where we are in terms of fitness, where we are in terms of our defending. I’m really pleased with what we’ve done and how we’ve played and performed. I said that the girls were going to give 100 percent and they didn’t let us down tonight.”

The Addicks are on their travels again this weekend as they face Lewes in the FA Women’s Championship.

“They’ve now got to rest and recover and do that quite quickly. The girls will come back in and then we’ll go on again and be ready to take on Lewes on Sunday, which again will be another tough game but if we put in performances like tonight then we’re going to be hard to beat.”

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