QPR LADIES manager Martino Chevannes hopes that his team can turn their fortunes around on Sunday when Lewes are the visitors to Uxbridge.
Rangers currently sit bottom of the FA Women’s Premier League following last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to high-flying Coventry United, and Chevannes knows the importance of three points this weekend.
“The Lewes game is absolutely vital if we have any chance of staying in the FAWPL” he told www.qprlfc.co.uk. “We have seven games remaining and Sunday needs to be the first of at least two or three wins.
“I was frustrated after last week’s tie as mistakes cost us again; a lapse of concentration before the break put ourselves on the back foot. It’s something that has happened all too often this campaign.”
Coventry United full-back Ashleigh Neville opened the scoring in the 41st minute when she controlled a free-kick to tap in from close range. Two minutes later and the lead was doubled when Ali Hall converted a low cross to dent the R’s survival hopes with defeat.
“We played well defensively and based on the second half performance we deserved at least a point but again we struggled to find the net,” Chevannes said.
The Ladies have only netted five league goals in 13 league games this season and were dealt a blow last weekend when top scorer Jenny Critchley succumbed to injury at half time.
With news that Critchley suffered a fractured toe, Chevannes knows his side face an even tougher task now.
“Losing Jenny was a massive blow, especially when scoring has been our problem,” he commented.
“In this league it’s hard to just find a striker out of the blue and we have found that out this season. Sunday’s upcoming game along with the run-in is a great opportunity for my current players to step up to the plate and show me why they should be leading the line.”
Lewes head to west London after a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Tottenham Hotspur last weekend which sent the East Sussex side to eighth position.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s crunch clash, Chevannes added: “We need the points in order to survive. Our FAWPL status is so important to the players, fans and the club as a whole.
“With three home games followed by four long trips, this needs to be the game where I see every player out there showing the pride, desire and determination that wearing the QPR shirt deserves.”
Sunday’s game takes place at Uxbridge FC, kick off 2pm.