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Charlton Athletic captain Kim Dixson described her side's 2-1 victory away to Manchester City as a real team performance.
In a match played in freezing conditions, the Addicks fell behind after only six minutes but goals either side of half time gave them three valuable points which take them out of the bottom two in the National Division.
"When we got there, the pitch didn't look great and that didn't help for the first twenty minutes of the game because we didn't get it out of our heads and panicked," said the midfielder. "We sort of made it an excuse and went 1-0 down.
"After that twenty minutes I think we dominated the game. The last twenty five minutes of the first half we were all over them and got an equaliser through good play from the two Gemmas [Shepherd and Bryan]."
Once Charlton were back on level terms, Kim was convinced that they would be able to go on to win the game. "In the second half there was only one team in it," she said. "We came out all guns blazing, Gemma Bryan scored a brilliant goal and it was a brilliant team performance.
"It wasn't just one person that got us through, all eleven players on the pitch made a contribution and after the game you could see it through how people celebrated."
Charlton move on to a different competition this Sunday when they host Lewes in their final FA Women's Premier League Cup group stage game at Bayliss Avenue.
The Addicks have already qualified for the second round but can go through as group winners as long as they avoid losing by more than two goals against the Southern Division side, who need to win in order to stand any chance of making it through to the knockout stage.
Kim hopes her side can give themselves the easiest route through the competition and win a couple of trophies, despite that meaning they fall a few games behind in the league.
"As soon as you go in to a league format you are always looking to finish top and we don't want to ruin our little run we are on," she admitted.
"We have lost one in eight so we just want to keep winning, whoever we are playing. I think we have a team that is capable of beating everyone.
"I would rather have the points on the board because the league is more important than the cups, even though I said I want to win a cup this year.
"That's still my main aim, I think we can win the League Cup and I think we can win the London Cup." (Photo by Siegfried Ip)
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