Mishra: "It’s a big match for us and a good opportunity for us to get three points"

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Charlton Women are unbeaten in five games and are chasing an important three points at The Oakwood in Crayford on Sunday.

Riteesh Mishra's side have only lost three of their nine league games this season but have drawn six games and sit bottom of the second tier of women's football, the FA Women's Championship.

The Addicks have games in hand over many of the teams around them and a win against second bottom Blackburn Rovers would take them level on points with Coventry United, who are currently sixth in the 11 team division.

Ahead of the game Mishra spoke about the importance of getting that first victory. 

He said: “The longer it goes on the more of a mental barrier and block it becomes, but we’ve played really well at times and definitely well enough to win games, just we haven’t had a lot luck that you sometimes need.

“But I’m not worried at this stage because I know that we’ve got a young group who are just getting better and learning and I think as soon as we do get the first it should then build our confidence”

Sunday’s game could also be a chance for fans to see new signing Ciara Watling. Watling re-joined the club on Wednesday after spending four seasons at Crystal Palace and has impressed in training and could feature against Blackburn.

“She’s shown good physicality, she’s technically very good on the ball and she’s definitely given herself a chance to play on Sunday” Mishra said.  

He believes Watling can bring some much-needed experience in this new and youthful side: “She used to be at Charlton, and she knows a lot of the girls that are already here, she brings good experience with her and that’s what we need at the moment.”

Charlton’s opponents Blackburn Rovers come into the game just a point ahead of Charlton and Mishra believes the team is more than capable of getting the much needed three points. 

He said: “They are a team that definitely taken a few games to get to the level of this league. They’ve kept most of their players how got them promoted and with that means they’ve got a really tight nicked squad, they always have a good strong spirit.

“This Sunday it’s a big match for us and a good opportunity for us to get three points and if we do that we can kick on because it’s such a tight league at the moment and I think we’re at a false position.”

Tickets for Sunday's game will be available on the door. The game kicks off at The Oakwood in Crayford at 2pm on Sunday, January 18th.

Article by Ahmed Delshad

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