QPR Ladies boss: We haven't given up!

MARTINO Chevannes hopes that QPR Ladies 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 6-0 defeat to league leaders Charlton Athletic, 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.”

“I was bitterly disappointed after last week’s tie as mistakes cost us again; something that has happened way, way too often this season and against any side in this league, mistakes are costly. As we’ve found out!”

The visitors started positively and were ahead after three minutes when Elly Maggs was pressurised into putting the ball into her own net. Gemma Shepherd extended the lead with two and a Kit Graham hat-trick cemented the three points for The Addicks.

“Every goal was preventable, “Chevannes explained. “As a team we weren’t outplayed, just outscored.

“We had several good chances at the other end but, as so often this season, we couldn’t capitalise in front of goal. Both Elly (Maggs) and Sophie (Cheadle) deserve credit for their performances but unfortunately the result didn’t reflect this

“I want us to take the way Charlton played forward however, be proactive and expect the unexpected to happen. A gamble can always pay off.”

The Ladies have only netted five league goals in 15 league games this season and a need for change in front of goal is important for the run-in – with four of the R’s five remaining games away from home.

Chevannes continued: “The players have to take responsibility on the pitch, show the fans and the management that they are good enough to stay in the FAWPL and score goals.

“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 fortunes around.”

C&K Basildon head to west London after two big Essex County Cup victories over Writtle and Hutton but have not played a league game in 2017.

Their last league outing also resulted in a 6-0 defeat to Coventry United.

“I want to see football brains out there coupled with the 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, adding: “We’ve faltered at home this season, but let’s go out there and show everybody at Uxbridge that we haven’t given up yet!”

We need to get the winning mentality back.

Martino Chevannes
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