Karen Hills: "The games are coming thick and fast"

The club caught up with Charlton Athletic Women Manager Karen Hills ahead of the Addicks’ trip to Lewes on Sunday.

Sunday’s game is the third match the team will have played within just seven days. 

“We’re feeling OK, obviously tired, fatigued mentally and physically as it’s been a tough couple of weeks,” Hills explained.

“We’re looking forward to it – that’s what we’re here to do, we’re here to compete and play in games and lots of opportunities for the girls to play, make decisions and keep our performances rolling in a positive direction.

“I’m just looking at how we’re playing and the performances we’re putting in and are we improving each week, are we learning from what we need to do better. I think the girls are taking on a lot of information, a lot of information is being given to them to help them be better.

“It’s going to take time, we’re still in very early stages – only five, six games in so there’s a long way to go in the season but I’m pleased with the start and it’s now just about us continuing that progress and keep the performances coming.

“The games are coming thick and fast, it’s out of our control which is absolutely fine – we’ve got a big enough squad that we trust in the players to do so. Do we get the chance to do any real training within the week to prepare? Not really because of the turnaround of fixtures.

“The international break is coming again and we’ve got quite a few players going away which is fantastic, it gives us a chance to work with the other players but also to give them a little bit of a breather as well because it’s been a bit of a frantic start to the season and we’ve got a long way to go so we really need to be mindful of that.”

Anna Filbey, Megan Wynne, Elise Hughes, Eartha Cumings, Mia Ross and Kiera Skeels have all been called up to represent their countries in the international break.

“I’m really pleased and I think they deserve it, they’ve been working really hard and it shows how they’re playing on the pitch at the moment. They’ll go away with their squads and learn in a different environment, different ways of playing, different opposition, different teammates and I think that’s all good experience for the players and I can fully support that.”

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