Riteesh Mishra (coach) FA Asian Inclusion Campaign, Greenwich University, London, UK - 09 Apr 2019 Photo: Thomas Lovelock for The FA

Villa defeat ‘the story of our season’ says Charlton Athletic boss Mishra

Charlton Athletic manager Riteesh Mishra admitted that it was the same old story for his side as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in Boldmere this afternoon.

The Addicks were a goal down after just 32 seconds against promotion-chasing Villa but there was little to separate the two sides until the hosts took their chances late in the game.

When speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the match, Mishra said that he was pleased with how his side responded after falling behind so early in the game.

“I think it was a killer conceding in the first minute to start with but I thought we recovered really well” said The Addicks boss. “Up until the 80th minute, we were still in the game.

“In the second half, I thought we actually had the impetus, we had a few chances and probably should have done better.

“That was the difference. Aston Villa took their chances and had the quality in the attacking areas.

“That has been the story of our season so far, we are playing well but we are not converting our chances.”

Charlton Athletic have managed to find the back of the net on just seven occasions so far this season, the worst attacking record in the FA Women’s Championship and manager Mishra is well-aware of the fact that their goalscoring record must improve if they are to survive.

He added “Every team is saying that we are not a bad side.

“It is about us working hard to get into the right areas, improving our quality and putting our chances away.”

Despite the defeat, Charlton Athletic remain just three points from safety while they have games in hand and a better goal difference than 10th-placed side Crystal Palace in the FA Women’s Championship table. Mishra believes that his side must focus on themselves in the coming weeks rather than the struggling sides above them.

“We don’t want to rely on other teams” said Mishra. “We have a big month, Aston Villa today, Sheffield United next week and after that we have all of the teams where we feel we will have a real chance.

“We have to prove that we can be better than them so that is what we have to play for.”

Those fixtures after the Sheffield United game include trips to Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Lewes in the FA Women’s Championship.

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