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Kermo using Eagles defeat as motivation for Millwall derby
CHARLTON striker Yann Kermorgant hopes the Addicks can produce a special performance for their fans travelling to The Den for a south-east London derby against Millwall on Saturday.
The French forward wants his team to use the 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace at The Valley earlier this season as motivation for this weekend’s trip to Bermondsey.
He said: “I remember against Palace when we lost at home it was difficult, so we will try to give something special for our fans.
“I’m sure a big crowd will come to support us at Millwall and we’ll do our best to come back with the three points.
“It will be a big derby and it is a big game because Millwall are doing well.”
Kermorgant scored the second goal in Charlton’s 2-0 win over Peterborough at The Valley last night in his first start since returning from injury after Ricardo Fuller opened the scoring with a 25-yard screamer.
But the Addicks have lost four league games at The Valley this season and Kermorgant believes Charlton will benefit from being on the road against the Lions, as they are unbeaten in their last six away matches.
He explained: “We have been much better away that we have at home because it is sometimes more difficult for us to create chances at home rather than away.
“We have a good run away, so that is not a problem, but at home we have to be more consistent.
“But the confidence is back and we have a big squad, so I think we can carry on this good run.
“I was very happy to start against Peterborough.
“The manager told me I would play between 60 and 80 minutes.
“After Ricardo’s injury he decided to keep me on the pitch because he knows I will work hard.”
Kermorgant added: “It was a tough first half and we didn’t do very well but we did better in the second.
“We deserved to score and that changed the game.
“It was a cracking goal by Ricardo.
“When we play against a back five it is always difficult for the strikers to find space, so we needed something special.”
Kermogant is happy with where Charlton are at this stage of the season but thinks it is too early to say whether the Addicks can make it into the play-offs.
He said: “The target was to stay in the Championship at the beginning of the season.
“The squad is improving after every game and we have seen any team can beat all the others, so I think we will have to see where we are in January or February.
“At the beginning it was quite difficult for us because we had a few players who had never played in the Championship, so they needed a few games to get better.
“Then I got injured just when we started to play better and change a few things.
“After I was injured we started creating more chances to score and you can see we are now scoring more goals.”
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