Former Palace defender looking to put one over old club with Charlton

Leon Cort. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

Leon Cort. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

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IT may be transfer deadline day but experienced Charlton defender Leon Cort insisted the only place he will definitely be is Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

“No, no I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere,” joked the defender.

“I’m happy where I am, I just want to get back in the team and start playing again.”

The Addicks travel to rivals Crystal Palace this weekend with their sights set firmly on revenge.

Palace snatched their first away win of the season at The Valley in September in a game which hinged on a mistake from the officials.

“Derbies are always big games,” said Cort.

“Obviously we lost the last one at home, so there’s going to be a slight bit of a revenge seeking there.

“We didn’t deserve to lose the last game.

“Bradley Wright-Phillips scored and it was disallowed for offside, then we came in after the game and the linesman came into our dressing room and apologised because he had seen the decision again and realised he had made a mistake.

“That really was gut wrenching when that happens.

“We didn’t feel like we deserved to lose that game and hopefully things may even themselves out and we will get the three points we deserved.

“Since then Palace have done brilliantly, everyone can see that.

“The players they have got, the wingers, the strikers, everyone is getting goals throughout the team – Zaha, Murray, Delaney.

“They’re all chipping in with goals.

“Every part of the pitch is a dangerous part of the pitch for them and we need to be aware.

“They’ve got confidence, goals, pace, power, and that’s what you need.

“All of their players are confident.

“Zaha has just got his move to Man Utd, Bolasie - I could carry on.

“It’s just confidence really.

“Palace had a game last night, I don’t know how that will affect them for Saturday.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The last time the Addicks tasted success at Selhurst Park, Cort was an Eagle and Chris Powell a member of Charlton’s squad as Svetoslav Todorov settled the September 2007 game in Charlton’s favour with a late goal.

Cort admitted he is relishing the atmosphere of another south London derby and believes surviving a sold-out Den against Millwall last month will stand his team in good stead for what will inevitably be another passionate crowd.

The defender recalled: “It was 0-0 for long periods and then Todorov scored the winner.

“That was a tough game and I remember how I felt afterwards and it wasn’t good.

“I need to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

“It was a really good atmosphere, that’s what you want from derbies.

“A win on Saturday would be a big relief and give us a huge lift for the rest of the season.”

Cort added: “The Den is one of the most intimidating places to go in the division, a lot of players will tell you that.

“That was a good game, it was brilliant.

“The stadium was packed and that is what you want, you want a big crowd because it just gives you a massive lift.

“Everyone knows how big this game is for the fans, they all saw what the atmosphere was like at The Valley when we lost that game in September.

“Going to Selhurst Park, we know there is going to be an intimidating atmosphere but we’re just looking forward to it.

“It should be a fantastic game, the atmosphere will be electric as always and hopefully we can get the win we need.

“The more Charlton fans there are, the better.

“Charlton fans that have travelled away from home this season have been fantastic.

“It’s going to be a sell-out, the players know that and everyone is raring to go.”

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