System change benefits Wilson in cup draw

Pompey striker Charley Wilson
Pompey striker Charley Wilson
Pompey v Charlton. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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POMPEY Ladies’ formation change has been hailed a success after they picked up a 1-1 draw at Charlton.

The Blues came from behind to get a share of the spoils in the Premier League Cup tie.

Charley Wilson’s clinical finish five minutes after the break cancelled out Sam Pittuck’s opener for the Addicks.

Yet the result means the Blues are now all but out of the cup, despite a positive showing.

Pompey switched their system for the game, with Wilson partnered up front by Gemma Hillier, after being utilised in a lone role of late.

Joint-boss Perry Northeast was pleased with how that worked and believes Wilson having a strike partner invigorated her game.

Northeast said: ‘It was a good game between two fairly matched sides. I thought we might have done enough to just get the win.

‘They scored from a sloppy corner but we reacted well.

‘Charley took the goal well and it worked better with Gemma supporting her.

‘She looked more like the vibrant Charley Wilson who creates chances and gets into one-on-ones.

‘We’ve not always had much support up there for her. She’s been doing a lot of it on her own up there.

‘Charley wasn’t having to hold it up and be the main focal point as much.

‘So it gave her the chance to work on the defenders’ shoulders.

‘You could see that in her goal and it worked well.’

With injuries to the likes of Victoria Summerfield and Nadine Bazan, there were chances afforded to other members of the squad to stake their claim on Sunday.

The likes of Tiffany Taylor and Jess Frampton did that, and there was an impressive debut for 17-year-old midfielder Ellie Bloomfield.

Bloomfield shone with some efficient use of the ball, and didn’t look overawed by the occasion for a second.

Northeast is confident she is now ready for senior level football.

He said: ‘We’ve had people come in and stake their claim.

‘Ellie made her first start and was fantastic. She had a great 70 minutes and it was an excellent debut from her.

‘Ellie looked nice and comfortable on the ball and wasn’t overawed at all.

‘We’ve held her back a bit but that performance showed she is ready for this level now.’

The focus now switches to this weekend’s clash with Brighton, which is sure to have plenty of edge to it.

Northeast added: ‘We always like playing Brighton, with it being a bit of a local derby.

‘We need to have a good week’s training. It’s always a bit feisty, so hopefully we can rise to the occasion.’