Karen Hills looks ahead to Sheffield United clash

The club caught up with Charlton Athletic Women Manager Karen Hills ahead of the Addicks’ FA Women’s Championship clash away to Sheffield United on Sunday (2pm).

“It’s been a good week of work, we had to regroup after the disappointment of the game last week, but we’ve worked really hard in training,” Hills explained.

“The girls have come in with a really positive attitude and we’ve got some fun elements back into our training. Overall, we’re in a really good place.

“Obviously after the defeat, you want to try and bounce back as quickly as you can. It was tough to lose in the manner that we did, in terms of a set piece, and we were obviously disappointed with that. Did we do enough in actual play? I don’t think we did, and I think we came back in this week, and we’ve reflected on everything and realised that we need to do a little more in the final third, to unpick and unlock the team that’s very compact and organised.

“We’ve worked on a lot of in-possession stuff this week, but the players are looking good. Like I said, we’re ready to bounce back and give a good performance on Sunday.” 

Sheffield United suffered a heavy loss away to Bristol City last weekend, losing 5-1 to the Robins.

Speaking on Sunday’s opponents, Hills said: “I think they’re in an interesting place at the moment. They’ve started really well at the start of the season, and like you say, they’ve obviously had that disappointment. I say it week in and week out, any teams going to beat any team on any given day in this league this season. Unfortunately, that happened to them last week. They’re a good side.

“We’ve got some fantastic players, individual players that can cause any team a problem. We’re looking forward to the experience and we know it’s going to be a tough game and we’re going to go there; play the way we know we can and hopefully the result will take care of itself.

“The coaches have done everything they can to build their confidence back up and to know that they’re in a good place. We’re still a very new team, we’re still learning the way we want to play but overall, we’re in a strong place as a squad and as a team.”

Supporters can follow all the build-up to Sunday’s game on Charlton Athletic Women’s official Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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