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Charlton Athletic got their league season back underway on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Lewes which keeps them on the fringes of the Southern Division title race.
Charlton captain Katie Flack talked to us about the result and the possibility of launching a late challenge in the league:
The win against Lewes looked to be a hard fought one, was that the case?
We knew it would be a tough game as they are a hard working side and we lost by the odd goal to them at their place in both the league and League Cup earlier this season. I thought we controlled the game and passed the ball well, particularly in the first half. We were patient in our play by keeping the ball and waiting for the opening. Lewes did create a few chances but I thought we were able to deal with their threat.
Was it a nervous last few minutes after Lewes had pulled a goal back?
I thought we were in control for the majority of the game. When Lewes scored their second from a penalty we knew there wasn't long left to play as we were into injury time so we just kept possession of the ball and ran the time out.
Did you see this as a very important win in your season?
I think every game is important be it league, cup or friendly. We haven't had the luck we deserve over the past few months with injuries etc so we knew that in this game we needed to put three points on the board and start climbing up the league. We haven't played since the end of November in the league due to the weather and cup competitions so it was good to get back playing. Hopefully we can now build on the win, take it into the next game and put together a good run till the end of the season.
Was it a particularly good result when taking the defeat to Sheffield into account?
Yes definitely, we needed to bounce back after a very poor performance last week against an excellent Sheffield team in the FA Cup. They were certainly the best FAWPL team we have met this season. We didn't do ourselves any justice in that game, which was very disappointing to all of us as we know we can play far better than that. I think all the girls showed great character to bounce back and put in a good performance.
We gather Charlton's second goal was a bit special...tell us about it?
Yes it was a superb finish. Our centre back Rosie Paye played a great ball over their defence and striker Sam Pittick hit in on the volley. It dipped over their keeper, a really spectacular goal. I believe it has been entered in the Charlton Athletic goal of the month for February on the Charlton website, which will be great for the profile of the women's team. We'll give it a tweet and a mention on our website when they put it on. It would be great if Sam won...vote for Pittuck!!
This was your first league game since 24th November, almost three months to the day, did it seem a bit strange playing a league match?
No not really, a game is a game especially after all this bad weather! We try not to look at the league table and take each game as it comes. Hopefully at the end of the season if we have a good run in, we won't be far off the league leaders. It was great to play a league game as we need to put some points on the board and start to push up the league table.
This week you travel to Chesham - whilst you won't take them lightly, do you feel this is a good chance to gather momentum?
No we can't underestimate any team in the league as on their day, anyone is capable of beating anyone else, that's the great thing about this division. Chesham will be a difficult game as they are fighting for league points to survive and we only beat them by the odd goal in five when we played them at Sporting Club Thamesmead back in October. As for every game we will prepare well and will be looking to get three more points in the bag, close the gap on the four teams above us and continue a winning run.
Does the squad still feel that they can get back in the title race this season?
If we can go on a run of games then I don't see why not. We still have Cardiff, Gillingham and Portsmouth (twice) to play and we are capable of taking points off all three. Plus they've also got games against each other, so points will be dropped. To be honest, with the quality players we have out long term, we are just looking for a positive end to the season. But we won't be looking too far in the future, we must take each game as it comes and hopefully we won't be far off at the end of the season.
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