Women’s football round-up: Charlton’s struggles continue and Palace get home thumping by Aston Villa

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Charlton Women’s manager Riteesh Mishra wants to see a return to getting the basics right after their 2-0 home loss to London City Lionesses on Sunday.

Former Addicks striker Liz Ejupi had a hand in both the second-half goals netted by Florence Fyfe and Evie Clarke.

Charlton were promotion contenders last season but have taken one point from a possible nine in the FA Women’s Championship.

Mishra said: “We are in games but at the moment things are not going our way and we are lacking confidence because of results.

“Again we haven’t scored, so it is just a confidence thing. It is my responsibility and my job to pick them up on it but there were certain things in this game that made it more disappointing.

“We need to go back to the basics of working hard and being competitive at every training session. It is not just good enough to work hard on the Sunday, we have to do it during the week and that is what we are going to do.”

Crystal Palace Ladies lost 6-0 at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.

The visitors are top of the FA Women’s Championship and Melissa Johnson got her second hat-trick of the campaign.

Emma Follis, Amy West and Shania Hayles rounded off the scoring for Villa.

Palace are still searching for their first victory of the campaign and boss Dean Davenport said: “I’m really disappointed. It was a combination of some bad play from us and some really good play from Villa.

“They are top of the league for a reason, they’re a very good side.

“We were in the game and then a sucker punch, a great finish from a free-kick. You’re going in two down, try to motivate your players in the changing room to come out and give it a go.

“We did that and then got another sucker punch because we weren’t focusing.”

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