Chevannes issues Ladies rallying cry

QPR LADIES manager Martino Chevannes hopes that his team can start a survival push on Sunday when C&K Basildon are the visitors to Uxbridge.

Rangers currently sit bottom of the FA Women’s Premier League following last Sunday’s heavy 12-1 defeat to Cardiff City, and Chevannes says three points this weekend are a ‘must’.

“We’ve got ourselves in a hole this season,” Chevannes told www.qprlfc.co.uk. “We need to dig ourselves out, starting on Sunday.”

“Last week didn’t help out at all. I was forced to make a lot of changes due to injury and our goalkeeper crisis struck again.”

The Ladies were without a recognised goalkeeper for the tie in Wales with both striker Rae Roberts and defender Hayley Peacock spending a half in between the sticks – something which both players have previously had to do this season.

“If we had a recognised keeper we wouldn’t have lost so many points this season and it made last Sunday’s result rather skewed,” Chevannes said.

“All three ‘keepers are injured and two are long-term absentees, but hopefully we should be okay this weekend.”

One consolation to take from the defeat in Cardiff was a first goal of the calendar year.

Chevannes added: “Although it’s officially an own goal, it will give us confidence that when we attack, anything can happen.

“Mariko (Engels) put the ball into a dangerous position and it hit the keeper and went in. Neethu (Haridas) was ready to follow up if needed as well.”

With three games remaining, of which two are away, Chevannes believes his side must make home advantage count in order to start a positive run-in for the R’s.

“We’re at home and I’ll have players back to aid our mission of survival,” he said.

“It’s the business end of the season and we need to show the fans at Uxbridge what they deserve to see, something that we have failed to do so far this campaign. Let’s go out on a high.

“We need to get the winning mentality back, up the confidence of the team and see a team bursting with passion, pride and motivation to turn our fortunes around.”

Brains

C&K Basildon head to west London after defeating one of Rangers’ relegation rivals, Swindon Town, 3-0 last Sunday.

The Essex-based side also recorded a 5-0 victory over the R’s in this season’s earlier meeting.

“I want to see football brains out there coupled with passion on the field,” Chevannes added.

“The players understand what they need to do and now is the time to show it.”

Sunday’s game is the last home fixture of the season and Chevannes wants his side to give the fans something to cheer about.

“We’ve faltered at home this season,” he admitted. “So let’s go out there and show everybody at Uxbridge that we haven’t given up yet!”

Sunday's game is taking place at Uxbridge FC, kick-off 2pm.

The players understand what they need to do and now is the time to show it.

Martino Chevannes
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