Addicks striker only too happy to exploit Blackburn's problems

News Shopper: Yann Kermorgant. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD. Yann Kermorgant. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

CHARLTON match winner Yann Kermorgant admitted he and his team-mates were aware of the amount of pressure Blackburn were under on Saturday.

The under-fire Venky's family were in attendance for Rovers’ first game under new manager Michael Appleton and struggling Blackburn were booed from the field at the break and full-time.

And Kermorgant, who nodded the Addicks’ winner three minutes after the hour, revealed getting the fans on the backs of the home side was part of Charlton’s game plan to spoil Appleton’s Ewood debut.

“There is pressure for them to do better than they are doing now,” said Kermorgant.

“We knew there was a lot of pressure on Blackburn, their players and the new manager but we knew if we played well they would struggle to win and their fans could turn and start to put them under pressure.

“Every time we put them under pressure and they struggled to do something, or they didn’t find a team-mate with a pass, the crowd started booing and thought they should be doing better.

“And even more so at Blackburn because they have big players with big wages as well.

“At half-time when we were leading 1-0 it was hard for them but they equalised right at the start of the second half, which made it a bit difficult for us.

“We had to fight to score the second to win the game.”

Saturday’s victory was Charlton’s tenth of the season and sixth away from SE7.

Kermorgant believes Chris Powell’s men are more suited to playing away from home but, despite the recent good run, their main objective remains staying in the Championship.

He said: “At The Valley the games are more tight and it’s more up to us to make the game.

“But we are more comfortable when we have to make the other team play and counter attack.

“We have a very good fighting spirit. We are a decent team away from home and we are still winning, we have won three in a row now and we are still unbeaten in 2013.

“We are playing in a formation where I am alone up front with the two centre backs.

“Generally with the centre-backs I can beat them in the air.

“It is very tough for me but it is working at the moment and we are winning so we will have to do it again.”

Kermorgant added: “The target is for us is still the same, we have to be in the Championship next year and improve the squad.

“Maybe next year we will have a different target but this year is just to stay in the Championship, do our best and maybe in a few weeks we will see where we are and if we can do something better, then we will do it.

“But it is most important to improve the gap between us and the bottom three.”

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